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Kenwood - Call for Volunteers

Kenwood - Call for Volunteers 19 October 2018



The kitchen appliance manufacturer Kenwood moved to Havant in the early 1960s and has since provided employment opportunities for hundreds of people in the borough. The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre has been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to produce a documentary film, exhibition and book to research the history of Kenwood and record the memories of current and former employees.

What do we need?

We will be recording the memories of Kenwood workers past and present over the next few months and featuring the stories in an exhibition, book and film. We have around 50 contacts we need to interview and need some volunteers to carry out oral history interviews with individuals and then transcribe them. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds and are happy for people to commit as much time as they would like – there is no minimum expectation.

What can we offer?

We are committed to training all volunteers in how to collect oral histories effectively. We will therefore arrange a training session to be delivered by the Oral History Association. Any expenses incurred will be paid throughout the duration of the project. The date for the training is yet to be arranged, but it is likely to take place on a Thursday in November at The Spring.

What’s the timescale?

Once the Oral History training is complete, we will give each volunteer the details of two or three individuals who will need to be contacted and interviewed. We would like all the people on our database to be contacted before Christmas and the interviews and transcriptions to be carried out no later than the end of January.

What next?

If you are interested in getting involved in the project, please respond to with your name, a contact number and, ideally, an email address so we can invite you to the training once the date has been confirmed. If you do not have email, you can call Steve Murray on 07776 185976.