Radical Inclusive Histories project
The Church of the Ascension is seeking Community History Project Coordination to be supplied on a freelance basis. Expressions of interest are welcomed, and the deadline is noon on the 28th May 2021.
Criteria for applicants
- Experience of engaging and working with volunteers and community groups to collaborate in community research and interpretation
- Historical research skills e.g. with local archives, historical societies, national archives
- Knowledge of local history of Lewisham and Greenwich area
- Ability to engage through the arts
- Commitment to a democratic and inclusive approach to working with a broad range of people, including through use of digital and online methods
- Experience of curating websites and working on participative digital platforms
- A level of environmental awareness which informs core practice.
The project will explore the heritage and radical traditions of the Church of the Ascension, which played a pivotal part in the South Bank Religion movement of the 1970s that sought to reshape Christianity in the light of modern science and the challenges of an unjust world.
Personal and biographical stories from the wider community, past and present will be explored. It will also record ways the contemporary church continues to provide a focus for worship, prayer, inclusion, human rights, debate and rebellion, seeking to answer these questions:
- What are the important milestones in the history of the organisation and local area?
- What elements of history have been deemed worth telling in the past, and which stories haven’t been told
- Which stories are essential to convey going forward?
The project will be conducted in three phases:
Phase 1: Research and Consultation
Core research team consults archives and secondary sources
Phase 2: Engagement
Engagement with individuals and groups to form a wider research team to engage in further re-search leading to interpretative output.
Phase 3: training and Interpretation
A range of artists and facilitators with experience of digital arts and community participation will run workshops and webinars to develop themes with participants.
We will be looking for the provision of project co-ordination over a period of 10 months for an average of 16 hours a month for a fee of £20 per hour. To express an interest in this opportunity, please email a letter of application, addressing each of the criteria, outlining your experience and skills and drawing on examples of your work, to email@example.com. This is a freelance position and no contract of employment is offered.