Over the past ten years Vox Pops has been involved in dozens of oral history projects, helping to train up volunteers and project leaders. Many of these have been in the north west but we have also worked on projects in London, Whitby and Yorkshire.In St Helens Clare and Steve worked with a group of young people associated with the Citadel Theatre. We helped them carry out interviews with miners involved in the 1984/85 strike so that they could produce a play about the strike.
In London they also worked with a young persons’ theatre group based at the Royal Festival Hall who were putting together a production about disappearing communities around the Elephant and Castle.
At Manchester YMCA we helped train members who wanted to record their YMCA’s involvement in past Olympic Games.
We have also carried out a considerable amount of training of volunteers around rugby league, particularly with the Huddersfield Giants and Swinton Rugby League Club. With both clubs we trained up young school pupils, providing them with new technical and social skills.
In Yorkshire we spent some time at Whitby where a group of volunteers were carrying out a project about disappearing communities on the Jet Coast.
Clare Jenkins also devised and ran a project – Two Minutes Silence – about the annual two minutes silence and what it meant to people. From her interviews she wrote and produced a feature for BBC Radio 4.
The projects that Vox Pops has contributed to are listed below and you can find out more about some by clicking on the links. You can also see two short films about the Asian Voices and Up and Under Projects here.
The Miners’ Strike, Citadel Theatre, St Helens.
The Sheffield Book Group
The Whitby Jet Coast history project
Two Minutes Silence
Beaumont Park, Huddersfield
Freedom Mill, Bradford