Project Volunteer

  • VO95049


Description

Woven Together is a community research project that explores the history of people of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic origin in and around Dundee. We want to uncover as many stories as we can and showcase them on this site and through various other activities. Possible outputs include community events, a pop-up exhibition, school projects, and more – we want your ideas about how best to share the results of our research.

How can I get involved?

There are various ways that you can help us, depending on your own interest. Here are some of the main ones:

  1. Archive researchers – we need lots of volunteers to investigate archives, records, newspapers, museum collections, and other sources to find information and turn it into stories
  2. Oral historians – we want people to record interviews with friends or relatives about their experiences in Dundee
  3. Video historians – we want people to record short films to capture visual histories such as traditional recipes, festivals, or fashions
  4. Copywriters – some of our archive detectives may not be able to write up their findings, so we need people to turn their information into readable blog posts for the website
  5. Information verifiers and Proofreaders – before we publish any information we need volunteers to check for accuracy
  6. Video/audio editors – we need people who can edit video and audio recordings into suitable packages for the website
  7. Web editors – we’re looking for volunteers with web design and editing skills to improve and add to this site
  8. Exhibition and Event Hosts – maybe you have a venue that could host an activity relating to the project?
  9. Sponsors/Partners – perhaps you’d like to be more actively involved in the project as a partner or sponsor of one of our activities?

What’s in it for me?

There are lots of reasons to get involved in the project. As well as doing something positive for the community, you will have the opportunity to gain new skills (eg in research, interviewing, web editing etc) and get valuable work experience to boost your CV. Anyone who complete at least 10 hours of volunteering will receive a certificate of participation and for our most active volunteers, we may be able to provide employment references where appropriate.

Organisation aims and objectives

The Woven Together Dundee project is a community-based research project explores the history and showcases the contributions of African, Caribbean and Asian Minority Ethnic people in Dundee. This project attempts to answer the following questions: • How much do we know of the history of ethnic diversity and multiculturalism in Dundee and the surrounding area? • To what extent did Dundee’s textile industry profit from slavery? • Who were our leading anti-slavery campaigners? • How were notable Black visitors to the city received? • How has Dundee benefited from the culture and talents of migrants from different ethnic backgrounds coming to the city? The Woven Together Dundee project is a community-based research project explores the history and showcases the contributions of African, Caribbean and Asian Minority Ethnic people in Dundee. This project attempts to answer the following questions: • How much do we know of the history of ethnic diversity and multiculturalism in Dundee and the surrounding area? • To what extent did Dundee’s textile industry profit from slavery? • Who were our leading anti-slavery campaigners? • How were notable Black visitors to the city received? • How has Dundee benefited from the culture and talents of migrants from different ethnic backgrounds coming to the city? The Woven Together Dundee project is a community-based research project explores the history and showcases the contributions of African, Caribbean and Asian Minority Ethnic people in Dundee. This project attempts to answer the following questions: • How much do we know of the history of ethnic diversity and multiculturalism in Dundee and the surrounding area? • To what extent did Dundee’s textile industry profit from slavery? • Who were our leading anti-slavery campaigners? • How were notable Black visitors to the city received? • How has Dundee benefited from the culture and talents of migrants from different ethnic backgrounds coming to the city? The Woven Together Dundee project is a community-based research project explores the history and showcases the contributions of African, Caribbean and Asian Minority Ethnic people in Dundee. This project attempts to answer the following questions: • How much do we know of the history of ethnic diversity and multiculturalism in Dundee and the surrounding area? • To what extent did Dundee’s textile industry profit from slavery? • Who were our leading anti-slavery campaigners? • How were notable Black visitors to the city received? • How has Dundee benefited from the culture and talents of migrants from different ethnic backgrounds coming to the city? The Woven Together Dundee project is a community-based research project explores the history and showcases the contributions of African, Caribbean and Asian Minority Ethnic people in Dundee. This project attempts to answer the following questions: • How much do we know of the history of ethnic diversity and multiculturalism in Dundee and the surrounding area? • To what extent did Dundee’s textile industry profit from slavery? • Who were our leading anti-slavery campaigners? • How were notable Black visitors to the city received? • How has Dundee benefited from the culture and talents of migrants from different ethnic backgrounds coming to the city?

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The amount of time you need to spend on the project will differ from person to person. Some roles would only take an hour or two per week, while others may involve several hours spent in a museum, library or archive, or interviewing subjects. Choose the amount of time that is right for you. 5-16 hours a week.

Restrictions

Experience required: Interest in history and achievements of African, Carribean and Asian people in Dundee
Travel details: Dundee
Minimum age: 14

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We recognise that costs may be a barrier so we may be able to cover some travel expenses and child care costs to help you spend the time you need to take part. Please discuss your needs with us in advance and we will do what we can to help.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: 30 mins -2 hours volunteer taster at the University of Dundee Museum services or UoD Archives, a visit to the Dundee Central Library - Local History section
Training details: We want to help our volunteers as much as possible. We can suggest topics for research and introduce you to the right contacts in local museums, libraries and archives to help you find the sources you need. You may be able to do oral history interviews on your phone, but our colleagues in the University of Dundee Archives can train you to use professional equipment if required, as well as advising about permission forms, copyright etc.
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