One of the next stages in the All Our Stories project is to record some oral history of the Park, and the part it has played in people’s lives. To help us do this ‘correctly’, Adam Perry came along from the Media Trust to teach us about ethical practices (don’t let people liable others by letting skeletons out of cupboards), good interview techniques (try not to interrupt the interview with mmmm, mmmm, and ‘yes’ type noises), and then how to edit the recording and turn it into a digital file for storage.
Adam has had lots of experience with Yorkshire Television, and on the radio of interviewing, and sound recording, and showed us how something that looks relatively easy, is actually an artform.
For homework, we have prepared our first All Our Stories digital audio, which is an edited recording of Mark Kirkby and Paul Tomlinson, telling us about their boyhood experiences in Parkinson’s Park in the 1980’s.
We will be asking more people to take part in this exercise over the coming months, and the stories are to be lodged with the British Library or the Science Museum. Please let us know if you would like to be included.