Thanks to funding from the Landscape Institute, FOLAR (The Friends of the Landscape Library and Archive at Reading) can now train volunteers and buy the necessary equipment to interview seminal figures in the landscape world

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Would you like to have a conversation with the movers and shakers of the landscape world? Join FOLAR’s oral history project ‘Talking Matters’ and help us make landscape history.

‘Talking Matters’ aims to record the voices and thoughts of some of our greatest living landscape professionals. Thanks to funding from the Landscape Institute, FOLAR (The Friends of the Landscape Library and Archive at Reading) can now train volunteers, buy the necessary equipment and begin to interview these key members of the landscape world.

Initially, there is funding to train 12 volunteers in oral history skills, including interview technique, use of equipment and editing. All training is free to volunteers and travel expenses will be covered. In return, FOLAR asks volunteers to carry out at least one oral history interview as part of the project (but welcome those who want to to carry out lots more!).

The work will be used to support and promote FOLAR’s Telling Stories project, as well as creating new archive material for the Landscape Archive at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at Reading University.

Volunteers will be taken on a first come, first served basis. To become part of this exiting project, or for further information, get in touch with FOLAR Oral History Lead Helen Neve.

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