Volunteers needed for Sandys Row Synagogue oral history project, London

Posted on 21/10/2013 by



Sandys Row Synagogue in Spitalfields, London, has recently received Heritage Lottery Funding for an oral history and local community heritage project, which will involve collecting memories, photographs and artefacts relating to the heritage of the building and its role in the local community from 1920-80. The project will include other stories/memories of the local area and Petticoat Lane Market too.

The project will involve:

  • Recording 10 – 15 oral history interviews with elderly Jewish members of the synagogue by volunteers, who will receive full training in oral history techniques.
  • Archiving material relating to Sandys Row (which is held at Bishopsgate Institute and Tower Hamlets Local History Library), which needs cataloguing, photographing and transcribing. Ideally we are looking for volunteers who would be keen to continue this archive-based work after the project finishes in December 2014.
  • Working with local schools, helping to run workshops, encouraging school groups to get involved in research and creating an educational school pack.
  • Creating an exhibition and website about the project which will be shown in Sandys Row Synagogue and then tour to other local venues.

We are looking for volunteers to work on this project who are keen to develop skills and confidence in community archiving, oral history recording and exhibition development and would like the opportunity to work as part of a team.

Volunteers will be working with an experienced oral historian and archivist throughout and will receive training and a great experience. This is an unpaid post but expenses will be covered.

Project meetings will take place every Tuesday at Sandys Row Synagogue, where project manager Rachel Lichtenstein will assign roles and tasks. Volunteers will then be expected (after training) to carry out duties both independently and as part of the team and report back to the project manager.

If you are interested in volunteering on this project please contact Project Manager, Rachel Lichtenstein via email info@rachellichtenstein.com by November 18th 2013.