The Forest Dialect Project is running two workshops / training sessions on Tuesday 19th March 2019.
Location: Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley, GL14 2UB.
Workshop 1 Using Oral Histories for Dialect Research 11am-1pm
Volunteers will be working with the Centre’s Oral History Collection of Foresters who were born in the late 19th, early 20th centuries. We will be listening to oral histories, collecting information about Foresters’ lives to try to uncover information relevant to researching the dialect. Volunteers will learn how oral history research and methods may help or hinder us in this endeavour. Participants will be introduced to dialect research, working with oral histories and will use their local knowledge and experiences can help enrich the research. No prior knowledge is required, although some ability to use a computer would be helpful.
Volunteers will be introduced to the sound editing programme, Audacity. The workshop covers how to use Audacity with recently digitised oral history recordings which were originally recorded on cassette tape. Volunteers will learn about how such recordings are used for dialect research and some of the difficulties with using such material, especially when recordings are of poor quality. Volunteers will learn what factors are required for good quality recordings and will learn how to improve the sound quality, edit sound recordings and create sound clips. No prior knowledge is required, although some ability to use a computer would be helpful.
The workshops are free but you will need to bring your own lunch/refreshments. There is also a coffee shop on site.
Places are limited so please email Deb Cook at email@example.com to book your place stating which workshop(s) you wish to attend:
• Morning only 11-1pm
• Afternoon only 2pm-4pm
• All day 11am-4pm
Equipment will be provided, however it would be useful if you can bring your own headphones/earphones that can be plugged into any computer.
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