You can now download for free from the museum website a digital toolkit, advising how to plan and conduct oral history interviews between young people and older interviewees. The digital toolkit was created to enable other students and young people to benefit from working with older people in society It describes in a fun but comprehensive way how a school or young person’s organisation might make links, plan a project, interact and ultimately record important stories from local people. Download your copy from the museum website at http://www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/museum and click on downloads
Additionally for those people who would like to create stimulating reminiscence activities, a brand new Object Handling Box is now available to be booked out.
This is all great news but what is the story behind them?
Pupils from St Thomas More Catholic School & Technology College have been conducting a project in partnership with the museum to conduct oral history interviews with local people. They have interviewed residents from The Poplars in Stockingford about their most memorable life experiences.
The students were trained by Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery to carry out the interviews. They found out how to use museum artefacts to encourage people to talk about their past. The pupils have also learned how to create questions and develop interview techniques.
The ‘Time of your Life’ Handling Box contain objects which have been identified as part of the ‘Time Of Your Life’ project and is available to loan to community groups and organisations. For details on how to book the box call the museum on (024) 7635 0720.