Hidden Heritage: Lost Villages Volunteer

Hidden Heritage: Lost Villages Volunteer

Participate in an 8-week project (start date 25th October, 2019) exploring and interpreting the history of the workers at the Carron ironworks over time, and their lives in now lost villages. The project will create digital interpretation including image galleries, written articles and stories, and audio guides and scripts from the imagined point of view of workers through time as well as creating pieces utilising recordings from our Industry Histories oral history project. This content will be incorporated into the Our Stories website and Falkirk Explored trails app, as well as informing potential projects in 2020.

The Great Place project is a district-wide 2-year programme of activities celebrating the places, people, traditions, and industry of the Falkirk area with thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

What's in it for you?

  • Explore the heritage of the Carron Ironworks in Larbert, engaging with local history, communities, and stories
  • Meet and work with a range of people
  • Develop skills in research and interpretation
  • Contribute to the development of a community-generated record of our local heritage

What's involved?

Phase I - research

  • Week 1 (25th Oct): Intro to project & project goals. Presentation from local historian.
  • Week 2 (1st Nov): Carron maps – researching and examining maps in the Falkirk archive and librarycollections showing the development of the area over time.
  • Week 3 – 4 (8th/15th Nov): Archival research at Callendar House, planning and scheduling visits toother archives as needed. Exploring some of the following themes:
    • Daily lifeo Working conditionso Images of factory and villages over time
    • Recreation for factory workers
    • Contrasting life of the factory workers and the owners

Phase II - digital interpretation

  • Week 5 (22nd Nov): Planning interpretation next steps, finalising topics for each piece of interpretation
  • Week 6 – 8 (29th Nov, 6th/13th Dec): Creating and gathering digital content

Skills, attitude, and experience required

  • You should have the ability and willingness to work with all ages of participants
  • Volunteers do not need to have prior experience in research and interpretation, just an interest in exploring and sharing stories of our social and industrial heritage.

Other important information

Location: The project will take place in a mix of Larbert and Falkirk locations including the archives at Callendar House.

Time Commitment: 2.5 hours per week for 8 weeks. There will be the opportunity to participate in activities that further develop the research conducted in 2020, but this is optional.

Contact: Helen Rashad, Great Place Project Coordinator 01324 590984 helen.rashad@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Training: Project volunteers will be supported by Great Place staff and workshop facilitator, with additional training from archive staff.

Expenses: Travel expenses within the Falkirk area will be reimbursed. Expenses from outwith the district may be reimbursed on a case by case basis.


How to apply

Please complete the online application form here.

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