Introducing our 'Memory Catcher Workshop'

Preserving Oral Histories         WORKSHOP NOW FULL!

Thanks to the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Shrewsbury Musical Theatre Company (SMTC) invites you to participate in the 'Memory Catcher Workshop’, a free training programme designed to teach you invaluable techniques for collecting and preserving captivating stories and cherished memories from the past.

We've all experienced the pang of regret when realising we didn't record memories and stories shared by our loved ones, be it our parents, grandparents, or anyone else. Sadly, this realisation often comes too late. Countless memories and voices are lost forever with the passing of friends and loved ones, carrying with them an entire library of stories and experiences. But imagine if those voices could be heard again, for all to enjoy and appreciate.

SMTC, previously known as Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society (SAOS), has graced the stage in our county town for the past 100 years. As we commemorate a century of extraordinary performances, we have been granted funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to celebrate this milestone with an ambitious oral history project. We’re giving people in the community and SMTC members, past and present, the unique opportunity to participate in the 'Memory Catcher Workshop,' where you will learn the art of oral history interview techniques, absolutely free of charge.

The 2 day workshop will take place on Monday 31st July and Tuesday 1stAugust at The Cut Visitor Centre, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, from 10am to 4pm.

Refreshments will be provided, but participants will need to provide their own lunch.

No prior interviewing experience is necessary. All that’s required is an inquisitive mind, a genuine interest and a willingness to participate. This informal, hands-on workshop will guide you through the process of capturing memories and life stories using simple recording equipment.

Participants on the course will learn about interview techniques, recording equipment, how to document recordings and data protection compliance. Participants will be expected to commit to both days of training and it is hoped they will play a part in conducting the oral history interviews on behalf of SMTC.

Your involvement in this workshop will not only help preserve our cultural heritage but could also equip you with useful transferable skills applicable to various areas of life. For example, the new skills could enhance your CV or your university application personal statement.

Those engaging in this project will play a vital role in safeguarding first-hand experiences and stories passed down through the generations, ensuring that future generations can enjoy and learn from these remarkable narratives. Interviews will be deposited at the Shropshire Archives. Some will also feature in an exciting new exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum, celebrating 100 years of musical theatre performance in our town.

Don't miss out on this incredible chance to become a 'Memory Catcher' and play a pivotal role in capturing the essence of a century's worth of captivating stories linked to musical theatre performance and activity.

Join us for the 'Memory Catcher Workshop' - an exciting opportunity to delve into the rich tapestry of SMTC’s 100-year legacy through the art of oral history. You’ll be helping to preserve a range of treasured stories for generations to come.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To register an interest, please complete the form below.