Oral History Volunteers

Record and preserve the stories of those who lived and experienced Historic RAF Hendon, and the changing Colindale area.

Oral History is the process of capturing people’s memories through audio or video recordings. For the RAF Centenary in 2018, we want to raise awareness of the important RAF heritage of the Colindale area, by capturing and sharing the stories from those who remember the site in use as an airfield through to the modern day, with all the developments, changes and diversification that has taken place.


You will:

  • visit and talk to local people about the history of the area
  • build a relationship with your interviewees
  • show photographs, objects, clothing to residents to stir memories
  • conduct at least two interviews as part of the project (interviews last 1-2 hours each)
  • talk to local people in a friendly way and represent the RAF museum in a positive way
  • transcribing the audio conversation
  • complete one interview within six weeks of receiving the training.


You will receive:

  • an induction to the Film & Sound department and RAF Museum as a whole.
  • a certified training course with the Oral History Society, training you to accredited standard, able to record high quality audio and conduct interviews
  • opportunities for continuing to volunteer and collect oral histories throughout the 2B project
  • support from the Heritage Outreach Officer and Curator of Film & Sound


You will be:

  • approachable, friendly and enthusiastic
  • hands-on, confident and able to take responsibility
  • proactive in approaching and welcoming people
  • able to build rapport with people
  • able to follow instructions carefully
  • confident in your own ability and knowledge
  • comfortable talking and listening
  • happy to travel to other locations



Training will take place on two separate days during the weeks of 15th May and 22nd May (dates TBC) at the Museum and will cover:

  • Oral History Society accredited course
  • How to use the recording equipment
  • Relationship building
  • Interview techniques
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Disability awareness

Successfully completing the training is a requirement of fulfilling the role.

Please indicate that you are available to attend training during these dates.



Up to ten days (including training and two interviews).

The project runs for one year across 2017, starting the week commencing 15th May.  You will need to be able to attend the training days, however from then on there is flexibility on the days and times you volunteer.



Hours will vary and will be mutually agreed. However you should anticipate one volunteering shift will equate to around four hours.



Travel and food expenses will be reimbursed up to £10 per day, in line with our policy.

If you travel cost to attend an interview is more than this level, please discuss in advance.


How to get involved:

Complete the Expressions of Interest form and send it to Rachel Ball, Volunteering Manager by email: volunteeringlondon@rafmuseum.org or call 020 8358 4828.

Expression of Interest – Oral History

Please express your interest in this role by the 8th May 2017.


We aim to select the right people for the role and therefore may not be able to offer this opportunity to everyone who applies.


We welcome applications from people of all interests, abilities, backgrounds and communities.



More Information on Oral History:


Rachel Ball
Rachel Ball
Volunteering Manager at the RAF Museum. We are the national museum to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.

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