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Fiji Indentured Labour Project: Your chance to get free oral history training

Nutkhut is undertaking an exciting new history project about Fijian indentured labour and we’re offering free oral history training to members of the public as part of this project. Project Girmit is Nutkhut’s Arts and Heritage initiative focusing on the indentured labour system in Fiji between 1870 and 1920. After slavery was abolished in 1833, the British and other European powers started the indenture system to source cheap labour for their colonies. Over 60,000 Indians were transported to Fiji between 1870 and 1920 as part of a legitimate but enforced mass migration. Through the project, we’re looking to delve into this forgotten but essential part of history by sharing personal stories. This is why we’re offering free oral history training to those interested in building a new skill and being part of this unique project. We’re especially interested in hearing from people of Mauritian, Trinidadian and Guyanese heritage, as well as British-Fijian heritage, whose ancestors were indentured labourers. The training will broadly explore the following:
  • What is oral history and understanding memory
  • Who to interview
  • Approaches to questions
  • An introduction to recording equipment
  • Dos and don’ts of interviewing
  • Practice interview
  • Documentation, including summarising, transcription, copyright, archiving
  This oral history training will be delivered over Zoom on two consecutive mornings from 9.30am to 1.15pm, with half an hour breaks in the middle of the morning. If you’re interested in taking part in the free oral history training with us, all you need to do is fill in this form and tell us why you would benefit from the session. We’re keen to get started with the training soon, so please don’t hesitate to complete the form if you’re interested. We need all forms back by 22 August 2020. The free session will be an enjoyable way for you to learn a new skill to add to your experience and understand more about the project. If you have any questions, please email louise@nutkhut.co.uk Click here to complete the oral history training application form.