Training programme develops skills for researchers working with sound archives

Training programme develops skills for researchers working with sound archives

Issued: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:46:00 BST

Scotland’s Sounds delivered a workshop introducing participants to working with sound archives at the Moving Image Archive’s new home in Glasgow’s Kelvinhall. The second day was hosted by Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) and explored different approaches to engaging communities with collections, showcasing archival projects including GWL’s Badges of Honour and Sex in the Women’s Library to illustrate community ownership, feminist methodologies in oral history gathering, and working with diverse communities.

Helen Foster, an oral history specialist at SCRAN (part of Historic Environment Scotland) and SGSAH researcher at Strathclyde, delivered the final event. Helen’s session aimed to demystify engagement practices and help participants plan for real life engagement with the public, including a hands-on practical session using digital technology and social media.

In total, 12 researchers participated in the programme, and all are now actively applying the knowledge and skills delivered by the training to their PhD work. Three of the researchers will now go on to work with community sound archive projects, contributing time and expertise to help open the collections out to the public. SGSAH will support the researchers to do the work while Connecting Scotland’s Sounds will fund a public engagement event at the end of each residency.

The project was funded by SGSAH and Connecting Scotland’s Sounds and supported by the National Library of Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library and SCRAN.