Emily Naish, Salisbury Cathedral Archivist, is launching an exciting new project capturing and recording the memories and experiences of the Cathedral’s many volunteers for posterity.
Funded by an HLF Magna Carta Grant, Volunteer Voice launches in September and will be collecting stories and reminiscences from Cathedral volunteers past and present, ensuring their experiences and voices are preserved for the Cathedral archives.
Said Cathedral Archivist Emily Naish, who also worked on the award winning Milford Street Bridge Oral History Project:
“We are hoping that lots of current and past Cathedral volunteers will agree to be interviewed about why they volunteer and tell us their own stories of volunteering at the Cathedral. Our archive holds hundreds of documents from the medieval period onwards but these are predominantly official documents such as committee minutes and property records created by the Cathedral officials and staff. There is very little in the archive representing other aspects of Cathedral life and its communities, including volunteers. Through Volunteer Voice we hope to preserve the memory of the Cathedral’s 700 plus volunteer community.”
If you are a current or past volunteer at the Cathedral we would love you to tell us why you volunteer and to hear about your experiences and stories of volunteering. If you are willing to be interviewed or would just like to know more about the project then please contact Emily on 01722 555107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see our volunteers in action visit the volunteer image gallery here