On the Record is looking for dedicated volunteers to record and research memories and publications associated with Centerprise, a unique cultural institution that operated in Hackney from 1971 – 2012. We want to recruit a diverse group of volunteers of different ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. Download a full role description and details of how to apply by the 7th of January at 5 pm here.
Centerprise was a groundbreaking community centre in Hackney (established in 1971.) It hosted a bookshop, publishing project, reading centre, café, youth club, crèche and more all under one roof in Dalston. It not only sold books, it made it possible for local people to write and publish their own works of poetry, autobiography and history.
A Hackney Autobiography will record and remember the history of Centerprise focusing on the period from its inception in 1971 to the early 1990s through oral history, gathering a permanent archive, conducting free workshops and events and producing a book, learning resources and digital experiences. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will run until July 2016.
Volunteers can get involved in any or all of the following areas: oral history, archiving and research.
– Oral history volunteers should like meeting new people and be excellent listeners. They should be willing to travel to people’s homes and be fairly flexible about when they interview people.
– Archive volunteers should be willing to do routine tasks like scanning publications, as well as more creative work. They will help decide which publications to preserve and share things that inspire them through writing and posting on social media.
– Research volunteers should like reading, listening to archive recordings, be methodical about recording and sharing their research, be willing to work independently and act on their own initiative.