Bedfordshire Local History Association

Oral History Training – The Eighth in the East

The Eighth in the East is a free Heritage Lottery Funded project exploring the legacy of the 8th United States Army Air Force in East Anglia during the Second World War. We are committed to developing people’s skills and bringing communities together through this shared past. Our oral history training sessions are a vital part of this goal and something that we’d love for your history group or society to be involved in. We need good listeners of all ages, regardless of experience or pre-existing knowledge, to help us record the testimonies of the characters who were witnesses to the Americans in East Anglia during the Second World War.

Your group will receive free professionally-led training and will have access to all of the equipment it needs to get started. Volunteers can expect to develop many new skills, including an introduction to interviewing and transcribing techniques, whilst gaining experience in audio recording within the exciting world of oral history. It’s a fantastic, flexible and free way to help your group reach out to the local community. Above all, you’ll be helping us to record these socially and historically important testimonies.

If this is something that your local history society would like to get involved in, or if you’d just like to find out more, then please get in touch. You can also find a PDF document attached with a summary of the project’s aims and objectives.  The Story of EITE – Oral History

For more information please visit www.8theast.org.

Best wishes, Hattie Mulhearn, Project Assistant, Eighth in the East

(if interested please contact Clive clive.makin@ntlworld.com who will make a group response to this project)

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