Thursday 6 August 2020

Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project launched

Dublin City University's Business School has launched a project that may interest family historians. It's called the Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project and it aims to create a repository of oral and written histories about COVID-19. These stories will then be made available to researchers, historians and the public as an open source digital archive. project team hopes to collect stories that reflect as many aspects of Irish life as possible, explains David Kenny. "We have made it easy to get involved. All the information people need to record their experiences is on the website. Sample questions provide a guide but people can record any aspect of living and working through this pandemic by using their phone, tablet, pc or dictaphone. The file can then be simply uploaded to the website.

"Should they wish, people can request to be interviewed and share their story that way."

In addition to collecting stories, the project invites people to apply to be 'theme leaders' (who co-ordinate the collection of stories in their home area), interviewers and, at a later stage, researchers.

If you'd like to get involved, check out the website via the link above.