The UK Space Science Heritage project is intended to collect and preserve the memories of some of the most extraordinary scientists, engineers and other key figures involved in the early UK space programmes through an Oral History project utilising video and sound recording. It is intended to archive the raw footage for future researchers; edited highlights will be made available to the general public via a popular Space website. We also wish to include a film of artefacts and places connected with the UK heritage to raise national awareness and encourage viewers to visit these sites.
We are currently putting together a steering group, which will be UKSEDS-led, by twelve students to undertake the bulk of this project. All will be expected to register as STEM ambassadors to schools. As STEM ambassadors they will receive training in working with children and have CRB checks carried out. The students will undertake the project on a volunteer basis, although they will be provided with refund for travel costs and a reasonable budget for food and refreshments during the interview days.
Initial training will be at a two-day workshop with professionals with extensive experience in the film industry, oral history, teaching and space science. The location of the workshop will depend on the geographic location of the final list of students and interviewees. The workshop might be held at one of the UK’s prominent space events. The steering group will have a chance to develop their media skills and presentation skills along with these professionals, as well as learn about oral history and archiving.
The requirement would be articulate, technically-gifted and self-motivated individuals who would be excellent role models in schools. If there are more than twelve suitable candidates, the final twelve will be selected by a board including UKSEDS committee members and some of the mentors for the project. The initial selection process will be based on a paragraph or two detailing the motivation and interest of the candidates due ASAP by Friday 20th July. Nominations will be made soon after.
If you think you might be interested or require further information, please e-mail: [email protected]. We’re particularly keen to hear what aspects of history of UK Space Programmes our members would intend to look into and why you would want to be involved in this project.