Oral History Project – Volunteering Opportunities – The South Wales Miners’ Museum

Oral History Project  – Volunteering Opportunities

The South Wales Miners’ Museum are currently looking for volunteers to take part in an oral history project – from recording the museums volunteers mining experiences and the local community surrounding the Afan and Llynfi Valley. The project will focus on their personal experiences of mining and the changes that have occurred over the last 50 years.

Main Tasks:
• Handle and maintain recording equipment.
• To research, store and prep interviews.
• To transcribe recordings
• To go out into the public and engage with the community.

Training will be provided both within the museum and externally.

Time Scale and hours of commitment:
To start the project will run for 4 months with the option to extend. We expect a minimum of 5 hours, one day a week but if volunteers are willing this can be extended.

Travel Expenses:
The museum has funding in place to reimburse volunteers.

About the Museum:
The South Wales Miners’ Museum is a registered charity (no.1102321) that rests in the heart of the Afan Valley. The museum is run and managed by volunteers dedicated to promoting the Industrial Heritage and social history of the Afan and Llynfi Valley. The museum was officially opened in 1976 and was the first mining museum in Wales. It has achieved numerous awards and recognition including the Prince of Wales Award and listed within the Valleys Essential top ten places to visit.

The museum is made up of both indoor and outdoor exhibits and portrays a journey through time from the development of coal mining, showing the working life of a miner and the hardships adults and children had to endure.

Location and Contact:
South Wales Miners’ Museum, Afan Forest Park, Cynnonville, Port Talbot, SA13 3HG.
01639 851833 or south-wales-miners-museum.co.uk

Report to:
Volunteer Coordinator, Heritage Officer, Collections Officer

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