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What is ‘The Journey’?

'The Journey - A Changing Southampton' is a Heritage Lottery funded project that will last for 18 months.

It will tell the people's story - those who made ‘The Journey’ from the Indian sub-continent, either directly or via other countries (including Uganda), to Southampton.

We will record Oral Histories, learn about individual experiences and explore how Southampton has changed because of the heritage of its diverse citizens.

As the project progresses we will be creating radio shows and podcast episodes, undertaking historical research - all culminating in a permanent exhibition at the Sea City Museum!

Local colleges will also be using our recordings and research to produce more exciting creative outputs.

If you would like to join us on 'The Journey' and be part of a team of volunteers who make it all happen -

Click the button below to sign up!

FAQs about ‘The Journey’

Anyone and everyone above the age of 18! We are actively seeking volunteers of all ages and communities.

We will be training our first batch of volunteers in the art of recording Oral Histories. You will learn the soft skills of rapport-building and inquisitive conversation. Technical skills will also be taught - how to use a voice recorder, how to create audio edits and even how to produce and present a radio show or podcast episode. No experience is necessary - though if you already have some media skills - you can help support others.

We start in October 2022 with our first batch of volunteers and this stage completes at the end of the year (6 weeks allocated)

In the New Year we will be training the original volunteers in further skills (5 weeks), whilst recruiting a new batch of volunteers to join us and start their training.

A minimum of 3 hours per week is the basic requirement. Apart from the group training sessions, those hours can be scheduled at your convenience.

If you have some more time to offer then there are opportunities to learn further skills and take on more responsibility with the project - this can include historical research, writing for the ebook, event management and even exhibition planning!

Not necessarily. The training and recordings will be happening within Southampton - so it would be convenient - but if you are able to travel then we can make it work. Remote opportunities are also available.

Get in touch and we can figure it out.

Absolutely! If you or someone you know has settled in Southampton from the Indian sub-continent then we would love to hear your story. Our priority is to record the memories of the older generation but we are curious about everyone's journey. Click the button to give us more details!

For any further questions, suggestions, queries or quandaries - reach out to Natalie - our volunteer co-ordinator [email protected]