Sunday, 10 June 2018

Moor Hall School Oral History Project

Moor Hall School Oral History Project

As you know History is an important part of the curriculum at school. The children enjoy the visitors and trips out which we use to engage the pupils in their learning.

I would like to add to this engagement by starting an oral history library of the memories of parents, grandparents and friends of the children who attend our school. I see it as a resource which teachers can use with pupils immediately to give greater perspective to how life has changed in the relatively recent past.

Adult participants can record or video short clips (no more than a minute) of themselves talking about specific subjects.
At the moment I suggest participants talking about subjects such as:
·       Moor Hall School (for past pupils or neighbours)
·       My School Life
·       Mere Green
·       Sutton Coldfield
·       Birmingham
·       Transport
·       My home – to include domestic items like telephones- how soon will it be before landlines are a thing of the past?!
·       Toys and games (what did we do before computers?!)

I would also love to get people talking about their memories of World War Two- does anyone know people who were evacuated?

This is not an exhaustive list, if you have any ideas please feel free to follow them up.
When you record your piece, it does not need to be scripted or formal. I would like every clip to start with the participant saying their month and year of their birth, this will add to the historical perspective.

I would like this to be an ongoing resource library which we can build up and  use for years to come.
In the first instance please send your video or audio clips into school via email to so Mr Pittaway (our ICT technician)  and I can sort and store them safely. If you have any questions, comments or queries please come and discuss them with me.
Thank you in anticipation of your support for this exciting project.

Your sincerely

Roger Winter

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