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As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded, Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians project we're really pleased to launch our set of toolkits. Written by experts the toolkits will guide you though each step of your historical research project.

Download the toolkits below.


Toolkit 1: Doing Your Historical Research Project

Written by Dr. Ben Wilcock this toolkit is a step-by-step guide to doing a successful historical research project. It covers all the key steps, from planning and design, to research skills, and how to organise and share your research. By the end of the toolkit, you should be equipped with the skills you need to get started with your historical research project.

Download Toolkit 1 - Adobe PDF (2 MB)

Toolkit 2: Doing Your Oral History Project

Written by Dr Fiona Cosson this toolkit is a step-by-step guide to doing a successful oral history project. It covers all the key steps in the process of putting together your project, from planning and design, to interview skills, and organising your material and transcription. At the end of the toolkit, you should feel confident to get started with your oral history project.

Download Toolkit 2 - Adobe PDF (2 MB)

Toolkit 3: Evaluating Your Project

Written by Sally Fort this toolkit describes the practical actions you should take, provides checklists, top tips from the professionals, includes case studies as well as links to other resources should you need any further information.

This toolkit is a step-by-step guide to evaluating your projects. The toolkit has been written with individuals or small groups and organisations in mind, and is relevant for a range of different projects but especially those relating to history and heritage. The advice offered is best suited if your activity is relatively small in terms of the numbers of people it involves at each activity – e.g. between five and fifty people.

Download Toolkit 3 - Adobe PDF (2 MB)

Toolkit 4: Creating your own archive

Written by professional archivist Heather Roberts. It starts with a basic explanation of what an archive is. Then it outlines the steps you will need to go through to create your archive. By the end of the toolkit, you should feel confident to get started with your archive project.

Download Toolkit 4 - Adobe PDF (2 MB)

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