Volunteers for GIRES A Legacy of Kindness Project

Volunteer and Get Free Oral History Training

 Are you interested in queer history, storytelling, and archives? We are looking for volunteers to gather stories about the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES).

Volunteers will be interviewing a range of people who have been connected with GIRES from the 1990s to present. You will record these rich and vibrant stories to inform the archive, events and exhibition outputs.

Before starting the interviews, we will give you free training to learn about effective interview techniques, ethics and using recording equipment.

Tasks will include:

  • Background preparation and research for the (audio)interview
  • Conducting and recording one-to-one interviews (between May and September 2022)
  • Transcribing and processing the interview content
  • Ethics, do’s and dont’s
  • Working with the project team as well as any other individuals to achieve project goals.

Some of the interviews will be recorded online. You may need to travel to different UK locations to carry out in-person interviews; we will reimburse your travel expenses. 

As part of your training we will arrange a short induction session online, which includes health and safety, and an introduction you to the organisation.

The two main training units will be in-person at Bishopsgate Institute, London EC2M 4QH facilitated by Dr Verusca Calabria

  1. Friday 06 May 2022, 14:00-18:00
  2. Saturday 07 May, 10:00-14:00

Covid restrictions may apply. Places are strictly limited.

For more information please contact the project manager Shaan Knan at LoK@gires.org.uk

Volunteer and Get Free Archives Training

Are you interested in queer history and archives? Do you love meeting new people? We are looking for volunteers to help document and deposit the collection of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) at Bishopsgate Institute.

Volunteers will be working with digital and physical materials connected to the charity GIRES from the 1970s to present. The GIRES collection will help to inform events and exhibition and other project outputs for LGBT+ History Month 2022 and beyond.

We will give you free training, including

  • Archive skills including basic cataloguing
  • Digitisation
  • Queer Archives
  • Ethical considerations

The half-day training will be in-person in May/June 2022, facilitated by Senior Archivists at Bishopsgate.

 For more information please contact the project manager Shaan Knan at LoK@gires.org.uk

Bishopsgate Institute Special Collections and Archives


A Legacy of Kindness: Telling the Story of GIRES is a project made possible by the Heritage Fund, and in collaboration with Bishopsgate Institute, LGBT+ History Month, Mermaids, LGBT+ Consortium, Social Broadcasts and Nottingham Trent University and more.

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