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Volunteer time for politics project

MORE volunteers are sought for a research project which is investigating and mapping North East political events and the people involved in them.

MORE volunteers are sought for a research project which is investigating and mapping North East political events and the people involved in them.

Dozens of people across the region are taking part in the Popular Politics Project, which has received funding from the Heritage Lottery and the Co-operative Membership.

The aim is to “map popular politics in North East England through communities, archives, libraries and museums.”

Project coordinator John Charlton says there is room for more volunteer researchers, interested in local history.

“There is a wealth of information in libraries, public archives, museums and private hands about public people and events. Our aim is to collate it, create a database and produce publications so others might have easier access to it.

“Part of the job will be to find, record and transcribe personal narratives of living participants involved in political parties, movements and campaigns. We’ll be offering training in oral history techniques, as well as research methods, so even beginners can get involved.”

Several regular users of the public archives unit at Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland are already involved in research for the Popular Politics Project.

Woodhorn head of collections, Sue Wood, said: ”It’s wonderful to see what the PPP volunteers are coming up with.

“This is a great opportunity for people who are interested in history, but have maybe exhausted their family tree.“

More details about PPP can be obtained from John Charlton on 07761 818384, or by emailing ppp@nelh.org

 

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