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. 

Fighting Sus: Youth/Drama Co-ordinator Wanted

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Front cover of Talking Blues (1978)

On the Record is recruiting a freelance Youth Coordinator for their exciting new project Fighting Sus: Resisting and Repealing Stop and Search 1970-81. We are looking for someone with experience of both youth work and drama production.

Download the application documents here and read the project’s press release here.

Please send queries and applications to us at info(at)

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Hyde Park Soundscape

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On the Record was asked to create a soundscape for the Royal Parks drawing on the Sounds from the Park archive, which has a permanent and welcoming home at Bishopsgate Institute Library.

Speeches and songs highlight the struggle to win the vote (19th century), student protests (2010), Donald Soper’s anti-nuclear platform (1970s), the Hyde Park Gays and Sapphics (1980s), an Irish heckler discussing the Bible (1990s), Ishmahil Blagrove on racism (1990s) and the women’s march (2017).

Sounds from the Park archive (collected by On the Record at Bishopsgate Institute) with thanks to Philip Wolmuth, Chris Kennett, Paul Kennett and Stef Dickers, Michelle Johansen, Nicola Hilton, Barbara Vesey & Rachel Smith of Bishopsgate Institute.

Additional footage of Women’s March 2017 by Rachel Smith and student protests by David Hardman (“no ifs, no buts, no education cuts”).

Music stems by Isa Suarez



Food Memories & Frontlines: An Oral History Taster

Follow the beat of the bass towards sound systems, street battles and food stories with an oral history Audiowalk and workshop. Learn about Ridley market and surroundings and how to record your own family’s memories using food as a stimulus for storytelling.

Workshop involves walking so wear comfortable shoes. Please contact to book your place (suggested donation 10 pounds, free if you can’t pay). If you have a smart phone, please download the free ‘a hackney autobiography’ app beforehand. Type ‘a hackney autobiography’ into Google Play or Android.

People without smart phones are warmly welcomed and will be accommodated with wireless headphones.


© Joanna Layla

© Joanna Layla

Launch A Hackney Autobiography on 7 May

© Joanna Layla

When: Sunday 7th May, 5 – 7 pm

Where: Sutton House, 2 and 4 Homerton High Street, London E9 6JQ. Map here.
Booking essential. Contact: to reserve your place.

What: hear a roundtable of speakers who are engaged in cultural and community activities in related fields, reflect on the history of Centerprise as re-presented by a hackney autobiography and join the discussion. Receive a free copy of The Lime Green Mystery, preview the app and get help downloading it.

Speakers include: Toyin Agbetu from Ligali, Vivian Archer from Newham Bookshop, Nana Fani Kayode, teacher and radio producer, Gary Molloy from Core Arts, Marie Murray from Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and representatives from the Young Historians’ Project.

Before the party, there’s a unique chance to preview Inside Out Homerton – one of the audiowalks featured on the app, as a group. Meet at 3:30 at Homerton station. To book a place on the Inside Out Homerton audiowalk, please contact us by 21 April. Later bookings will be accepted if places remain available.People who don’t like smart phones are welcome!

Event organised in collaboration with Pages bookshop.

Pre-order your free copy of The Lime Green Mystery: An oral history of the Centerprise co-operative now, by emailing us with your address.  Limited numbers available, pre-ordering is encouraged to avoid disappointment. Donations to cover the cost of postage appreciated but not essential.

The app and website is at

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Welcome to Memories Kitchen


We seeking people who live in the Vassall and Coldharbour area to participate in Memories Kitchen. Get in touch to tell us your food memories and access requirements! You will then be invited to a FREE community feast, cooked by a professional chef, inspired by the memories we have gathered.

Call Laura Mitchison


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Memories Kitchen Volunteers Needed!


On the Record is seeking volunteers to help welcome people, facilitate discussion and serve food at 2 community feasts in the Vassall area. And yes, volunteers will get to eat too!

Volunteers will be asked to attend a training day which is likely to be on 14th January in the evening. You can also come on memory recording and consultation visits prior to the feast days.

To register your interest in volunteering please contact Kemi Akinola, 07934 346 917, Please get in touch by 6th January!

This project is a collaboration between On the Record and Brixton People’s Kitchen.


Memories Kitchen

Wigtown Book Festival

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On the Record was invited to do an event at the Wigtown Book festival in Scotland. We created a pop up memory kitchen in collaboration with chef Simon Wroe. We interviewed local people and worked with Simon Wroe to create a menu of food and conversation topics designed to elicit memories. We explored the way flavours and smells evoke what surrounds them in memory; elaborating on other senses as well as evoking cultural worlds. We deferred describing exactly what the ingredients were in order to tap into diners’ autobiographical memories rather than their ‘semantic’ (recognition of phenomena) memories. For instance, a ‘mystery flavoured’ jelly prompted people to recall the sound of ‘empty old green bottles,’ ‘small sounds behind velvet curtains,’ and ‘children’s parties.’ We later disclosed the flavour as Irn-Bru. Smoky wild mushroom soup (inspired by an interview with a Galloway forager and his ‘funghi fever’) was the spur for discussing memories of childhood. A younger dinner shared her elaborate food avoidance strategy, the imaginary ‘Ministry of Peas,’ while an older man recalled stealing peas off other children’s plates as a hungry youth. So Memory’s Kitchen became a safe and humorous way for complete strangers to discuss the politics of food and scarcity, and how we define ‘the other.’

A mystery flavoured jelly – synaesthesia and free association

Mushroom soup – childhood memories

Spiced salt marsh lamb – opening cultural horizons




Becoming Fathers – online exhibition

© Becoming fathers, 2015

© Becoming fathers, 2015

From boyhood aspirations to grandfatherly wisdom, this open-access exhibition: Becoming Fathers: Reproductive Journeys in Malawi describes Malawian men’s diverse stories about fatherhood. Photographs overlaid with quotations highlight moments of transformation or decision in men’s reproductive journeys, as they navigate romantic relationships, beginning and planning their families, and grapple with threats to their sexual and reproductive health.

On the Record worked with the authors – Fiona Parrott, Green Kapira, Dorothy Makoka, Blessings Mwandosya, Aaron Ndovi, Levie Gondwe, Paston Mkandawire, Misheck Nkhata and Mia Crampin.- from the Karonga Prevention Study (Malawi), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and the University of Amsterdam – to produce the online and print exhibition.

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Free Oral History Workshop in Hackney – 16th June

Oral History Workshop © On the Record

On the Record is running a workshop exploring oral history and place in Hackney as part of Adult Learners Week. Map your personal history onto Hackney and learn the basics of oral history including interviewing skills and using recording equipment in this creative workshop.

It is free of charge and funded by the Hackney Learning Trust. It is essential that you book your place via the Hackney Learning Trust. For adults (aged 20+) who work or live in Hackney. 

Book your place online here and choose OTR/01D: Moving Memories from the dropdown menu. Alternatively for more information or if you wish to book your workshop place over the phone, you can speak to one of the Learning Trust’s advisers on 020 8820 7431 or 020 8820 7075.

The workshop will be held at the Hackney Picturehouse on Mare Street from 10 am to 5 pm on Tuesday 16 June 2015. Pre-booking is essential.

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