Call Out for Brompton Cemetery Oral History Volunteers

Brompton Cemetery


A new training opportunity on an exciting project run by our friends at Brompton Cemetery.

We are delighted to have been invited to co-ordinate an oral history project at Brompton Cemetery – the ‘Life and Times of Brompton Cemetery’.  Our friends at Brompton Cemetery have been researching some of the 205,000 people buried in Brompton Cemetery, producing a list of notable highlights, and now wish to explore the living memory of the cemetery. As part of this ‘Life and Times of Brompton Cemetery’, On the Record can offer free oral history training  for volunteers.

The project will involve asking people who have been visiting for years – including LGBTQ groups, families, the ‘Friends of Brompton Cemetery’, wildlife lovers and community groups – about their subjective experiences. We’ll cover changes to the site, the diverse uses of the cemetery over the years and impressions about the future of the cemetery, and other topics decided by the volunteer team. We will be using industry standard audio recording equipment to conduct these oral history interviews with cemetery visitors, past and present.

This opportunity will involve:
– Developing your historical research and media skills.
– Learning about a unique Victorian site.
– Attending participatory training in the method, value, ethics and practicalities of recording oral history interviews to British heritage industry standard on Saturday 10th March and Saturday 7th April.
– Preparing for and recording oral history interviews at a time that is convenient for the interviewee.
– Summarising and archiving oral history interviews (with training and support).

Experience/Qualifications/ Attributes:
– No formal qualifications are required and this opportunity is open to all experience levels
– You will need to have a suitable grasp of English language as all interviews will be conducted in English.
– You do need to be available for the training days unless agreed in advance with Halima.

Lunch and travel (up to £10 per day).

Time Commitment:
All volunteers will need to be available for:
– 2 days training – 10th March and 7th April.
– up to 5 days oral history recording over May/June.
– up to 5 days interview summarising over July/August.
We will have a regular weekly drop-in for oral history volunteers (at a time that suits the majority) at South Lodge, Fulham Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9UG. However, you may need to be a bit flexible as not all oral history interviewees will be available at that time.

How to apply:
If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the project on or call Halima Khanom on 0207 352 1060/ 07521 515911. Please state in your email whether you are available for training.

Deadline for applications, March 8th at 12pm.