Our Oral History day on Thursday 10 February was fully booked within a week of being advertised! Twenty delegates spent the day at the Manchester Digital Development Agency. We learned about oral history techniques in the morning with Andrew and David from the North West Sound Archive. In the afternoon we tried out some of their suggestions on each other. Then David Kay from People’s Voice Media introduced the group to the principles and practices of video editing.

Manchester Digital Development Agency
Manchester Digital Development Agency

One of the best things about the day was the wide age and experience ranges of different delegates, from archive volunteers to staff to students. This resulted in lots of really good chatter and useful networking. Most attendees wanted to come back for a follow-up session. Comments from the day included:

“Very good venue. Never heard of the MDDA before.”

“Interviewing technique methods were very helpful.”

“Liked the interactive element followed by talk – more please!”

“Needed more information about audio recording equipment.”

“It would have been better if the morning session had been more practical.”

“Have met some interesting people/contacts for further archive work.”

“More time on video editing and playing with the cameras would have been useful.”

A follow-up practical day of videoing in the archives is planned. Thanks to all who attended.

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