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Oral History Transcriber

Main purpose of role:

The newly renovated Northampton Museums & Art Gallery has an exciting opportunity to interview members of the public and transcribe and collect their stories. As part of our Collections Development policy, it is our aim to record people’s memories of living, working, and community activities to accompany objects accessioned into the collection and for exhibiting within displays and digital content, for example on the Museum’s website or social media.

Main duties:

  • Listen to the pre-recorded interview and transcribe the interview as a summary document and full transcription.
  • Catalogue the interview using the Collections Management System Database- MODES Complete.
  • Edit the interview using the sound-editing Audacity programme.


Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Approximate time commitment and duration:

Transcribing and editing, 1 day per week,

Tuesdays 1.30-4pm

Useful skills required:

  • Good standard of literacy
  • Good research skills
  • Able to use a computer including the following programmes: Microsoft Excel and Word

Training provided:

All Training to be provided:

  • Oral History training: interview process and transcription
  • Collections Management System Database
  • Audacity sound-editing programme
  • Research and photography .

Skills volunteers can develop in the role:

  • Microsoft Word typing and formatting
  • Understanding of Oral History interviewing and timings
  • A knowledge and understanding of varied subjects in relation to museum collections and local history

Other information:

  • All equipment will be provided
  • Free tea/coffee and biscuits
  • Free parking

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