Josh writes about his experiences on the project

My name is Josh Andrew Welford. I am aged 16 and I have been at Victoria School since May 2006.

I have been on The Oral History Project since September 2019. It’s really interesting and I really like it, as I have learned new things every week.

We are doing “Education is Special” with a man named Joe Peacock and a lady called Jennifer Brown from CASBA. They are working in collaboration with four schools in Birmingham, these are Victoria, Dame Ellen Pinsent, Mayfield and Fox Hollies schools.

Joe explained to us what we would need to be doing for our project, which would involve interviewing previous and current staff at Victoria and also interviewing current students. We also needed to gather data in the form of a questionnaire for other students and staff. In December, we arranged a trip out to The Library of Birmingham. We are going to finish off with a presentation at University of Birmingham on Tuesday 7th July 2020.

The trip to University of Birmingham will be very interesting because it will help us learn that little bit more on how other schools across Birmingham have done it.

Interviewing Barry Male from Victoria School was very enjoyable because what he had to say about the olden days was very interesting. They never had any equipment to help them with the students back then. Also, we enjoyed looking at an old map to see how the school buildings have changed and writing the answers on the questionnaire.

We would like to learn some more Oral History in the future because it’s interesting to learn how things have changed across the West Midlands. During this project we have learned how to interview staff and young people at Victoria School using a digital recorder.

We also learned about CASBA’s first project looking at what life was like at Monyhull Hospital  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-39YAZOpE8A&t=20s

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