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Playing Local: Oral Histories in Hackney
London Metropolitan Archives is running a new project for Hackney Primary Schools. Drawing from the newly digitised audio items within the Hackney archives, we invite KS2 groups to participate in sessions that introduce oral testimonies as historical records, and equip students with the tools to record and interpret their own oral histories.
Students will listen to recollections of Hackney residents remembering games they played in the early 1900s. The session will consider the value of oral history in providing multiple viewpoints and perspectives of individuals who might not otherwise appear in historical records. We’ll also explore themes relating to the voice, identity and language - building aural literacy skills. Students will learn about different kinds of historical records and their uses, introducing audio as a primary source. It will also cover good practice for collecting oral histories, including interview technique and collecting quality recordings using smart phones, analogue or digital recorders.
Following this workshop, students will be invited to produce their own oral history recordings and submit them to our archive. This project aims to take stock of the impact of social distancing measures on children, and connect us to children’s experiences of their environment. By the end of the project, we will have a new archive of the voices of 300+ children based in Hackney, describing their favourite games and local spaces for play. This audio archive will be showcased both on LMA’s website and the Layers of London map, and extracts will be used in a new radio work broadcast on an FM station across London.
Our resources and delivery are adaptable and can fit into your schools’ timetable and scheme of work. We can deliver standalone sessions or work across multiple lessons.
All workshops are of fered free of charge and must be booked in advance. Where possible certain sessions can be delivered as outreach on site at your school. If you are interested in an outreach session, please indicate this on your booking form.