Our second session learning about The Norfolk Sound Archive with Jonathan Draper at The Norfolk Record Office.
The session began with listening to some examples of different types of sound recordings. The first recording was an unstructured interview, the second example was more structured as questions had been prepared before the recording and a group interview. We discussed the benefits of each, possibly better having pre selected questions as this keeps the conversation flowing and interesting, how music put behind a voice recording can be distracting from what is being said and also needs to be in context with what the person is talking about, the importance of people taking their turn to talk in a group interview.
Jonathan went on to talk about ethics and rights regarding a sound recording and talked through our permission form. We learnt that the rights for a recording lasts 70 years after the date of the recording.
After tea break we split into two groups and practiced a group interview with one person taking the lead being the interviewer. We kept to easy subjects, favourite foods and favourite TV programmes. We found that the conversation flowed well however as an interviewer it would have been easier to have a list of pre-selected questions. In our groups, participants imagined that they could interview their case study and we wrote a long list of the questions we would have liked to have asked them such as how did it feel to stay in the asylum? how did family/community respond to you? did it help? your hopes for the future?
Looking forward to seeing the Change Minds group for our next session on Thursday 19th May at The Norfolk Record Office to learn more about the Norfolk Sound Archive and where participants will be offered the chance to make their own sound recording.