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ABOUT THE PROJECT

What is the Chronicle Project?

Who is funding the project?

Who are the partners with the project?

 

VOLUNTEERING

Are there any requirements to volunteer with the project?

How can I get involved?

Who should I contact to get involved?

What are the different volunteer roles?

What are the other volunteers working on?

What are the time commitments?

Is training provided?

Will I be reimbursed for travel expenses?

Will I be reimbursed for lunch expenses?

 

EVENTS

When is the next Chronicle event?

Where do the events take place?

What is an Oral History Road Show?

 

DIGITISATION

What is digitisation?

What is the project digitising?

What equipment do I need to digitise material for the project?

Where does digitisation take place?

Is there a template for cataloguing for the project?

 

ORAL HISTORY

What is oral history?

What kinds of oral histories are we trying to collect?

How do we collect the stories?

Who are we interviewing for the project?

Do I need any equipment to record oral histories?

How do I reserve equipment to record my interviews?

 

 

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

What is the Chronicle Project?

The Chronicle Project is an HLF funded project that aims to research and document the history of volunteering in Cardiff. The project will produce oral histories, an online archive, and an exhibition to present the findings. It is run by volunteers who are made up of students and apprentices from the Cardiff area, as well as headed by VCS Cymru.

 

What are the project’s objectives and aims?

Key objectives of the project:

1. To conserve and explore historical and cultural heritage of Cardiff.

2. To bring the story of past volunteering in Cardiff closer to people.

3. To motivate and inspire people to volunteer today.

4. To create learning and volunteering opportunities.

5. To encourage active community involvement: to bring together diverse

local communities and to strengthen community ties.
The aim of creating learning and volunteering opportunities:

1. To improve people’s access to formal learning: to offer people opportunity to gain transferable skills and specialised skills in archive research, museum exhibition, digitisation, oral history, and media production.

2. To improve people’s employability through gaining new skills, and building confidence and

aspirations, to enhance their CVs and gain reference, and to fulfill their full potential.

3. To gain valuable work experience through volunteering.

 

Who funds the project?

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Who are the partners with the project?

You can visit our project partner page for more information. The project has been and will continue working in partnership with:

-Butetown History & Arts Centre;

-Cardiff Communities First: ACE, BRG, ECLP, and STAR

-Cardiff Metropolitan Students Union

-Cardiff University: Cardiff School of History, Archaeology, and Religion

-Cardiff Libraries – Local Studies Collection

-Cardiff Pioneer Area Programme

-Glamorgan Archives

-Grangetown Community Action

-Grangetown Gateway Programme

-Grangetown Local History Society

-People’s Collection Wales

-St Fagans National History Museum

-Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC)

-The Cardiff Story

-The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust

-University of South Wales: Faculty of Business and Society

-History Studies

-Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Wales for Peace project

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VOLUNTEERING

Are there any requirements to volunteer with the project?

Volunteers need to dedicate at least five hours a week to the project for a period of at least three months.

There are workshops and training sessions for certain roles that need to be completed, however training is provided and is free!

 

How can I get involved?

Visit our volunteer information page to read through and download our enquiry form. Send it to us when you’ve filled it out and we’ll be in touch!

 

Who should I contact to get involved?

Klavdija Erzen is the project coordinator.
klavdija.e [at] vcscymru.org.uk

Lara Taffer is the digital media officer.
lara.t [at] vcscymru.org.uk

You are able to email either of us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to get involved!

 

What are the different volunteer roles?

A list of roles and further information can be found at this page.

 

What are the other volunteers working on?

You can read our blog to find out what some of our volunteers are working on!

 

What are the time commitments?

Five hours per week for a period of at least three months is the minimum requirement for volunteers.

 

Is training provided?

The project will provide the following training opportunities (free for volunteers!):

1. Archive research (providers: Glamorgan Archives)

2. Digitisation, Copyright, and Metadata (provider: People’s Collection Wales)

3. Oral history (provider: People’s Collection Wales)

4. Historic Environment Record and Geo-mapping (provider: Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd).

5. Radio Documentary Production (provider: Young Blood Music VIC in cooperation with Radio Cardiff).

 

 

Will I be reimbursed for travel expenses?

Yes, upon submission of a reimbursement form which is submitted at the beginning of each month for the previous month.

 

Will I be reimbursed for lunch expenses?

Yes, upon submission of a reimbursement form which is submitted at the beginning of each month for the previous month.

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EVENTS

When is the next Chronicle event?

We post all of our upcoming events to our events page. Alternatively, check out Facebook page for more details!

 

Where do the events take place?

Each event usually takes place in a number of venues around Cardiff, however we frequently hold training sessions at the Glamorgan Archives and Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives. Road Shows occur around the city.

 

What is an Oral History Road Show?

A road show is when Chronicle volunteers hit the road to record oral histories from residents of Cardiff. They are essentially like a public event that will allow residents to meet one another and socialize as well!

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DIGITISATION

What is digitisation?

Digitisation is the process of taking physical, analog objects and creating a digital counterpart. For example, scanning a photograph and creating a digital image file.

Volunteers who are working on digitisation and archival research will be asked to create catalogue entries for their digitized items.

 

What is the project digitising?

Chronicle is digitising public records, meeting minutes, oral histories, leaflets, brochures, etc. Anything that is related to the history of volunteering we hope to add to our digital collection.

 

What equipment do I need to digitise material for the project?

For our purposes, all you will need is a digital camera. If your smart phone takes images that are at least 300dpi, it will suit our needs for the project.

 

Where does digitising take place?

Glamorgan Archives, The Cardiff Story, and St Fagans are all places that current volunteers have been working in to digitise items, however there are numerous opportunities to conduct research and digitise elsewhere.

 

Is there a template for cataloguing for the project?

Yes, a template will be uploaded here soon.

 

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ORAL HISTORY

What is oral history?

Oral history is the recording of people’s stories about their lives and experiences in order to preserve those memories for future generations. Click here to read more.

 

What kinds of oral histories are we trying to collect?

Chronicle is interested in recording any stories that relate to the volunteer community and culture in Cardiff.

 

How do we collect the stories?

We record stories either at road show events, at InRoads, or we can arrange to meet participants at their homes to conduct a recording.

 

Who are we interviewing for the project?

Anyone who is willing to share their story about volunteering in Cardiff!

 

Do I need any equipment to record oral histories?

 

Chronicle provides recording equipment for volunteers to conduct the interviews.

 

How do I reserve equipment to record my interviews?

 

Check here for updates on how to reserve equipment.