Community History research

Working with Jane Arthur on a brief survey of the Coffin Works collections.

If I have a chance to indulge my passion for community history on any project, then I am a happy bunny!

I have managed the community history research elements and provided skills training for BBC Learning, the University of Worcester, and for participants in HLF projects including Abberley Lives, The Great Blackberry Pick. WW1 in the Vale and Ombersley WW1 Home Front Remembered.  I also provide specialist collections advice to Birmingham Conservation Trust and the Coffin Works.

Prior to that, I spent 10 years providing daily assistance to archive researchers at Surrey History Centre and Oxford University Archives.

If you need some guidance in this area, do give me a call.  I can help you with

  • introduction to your local records office
  • exploration of suitable archive sources – what to look for, what to expect…
  • bidding for funding and organising a community reminiscence project
  • research planning and skills

I can provide short introductory courses or help lead your entire project – contact me for details.

‘JENNI!!!!!!!!! I just wanted you to know I haven’t been wasting my time down here in London. Thrilled to report that I have spent a day and a half at the Women’s Library and thoroughly enjoyed myself.’

‘I really enjoyed the introduction at the Hub last week thank you for that.’

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