Update October 2021
We still have slots available for people with stories to share about the early days of credit unions. Interviewees are sent a microphone and headphones and click a link to connect with their interviewer. People who have shared their stories so far have enjoyed reminiscing and chatting with the volunteer, the interviews are much more informal than they sound!
The Project is still very keen to hear from anyone who was involved in credit unions in the north of England from the 1960s to the 1990s, no matter what their role was, or if they are still involved. We have a small number of spaces available for people in other parts of the country. You can find out more below and contact Abbie Shelton if you have any questions or think you may be interested, or know someone we should reach out to - email@example.com / 07498 928188
Whose stories does the project want to hear?
The project is keen to collect memories from people involved in any way in all types of credit unions – employee, community and associational - all areas of the north of England – North West, North East, and Yorkshire and Humber, and from all trade associations or none.
Even if you are not based in this area, please do get in touch, as we may be able to carry out some interviews outside of the north of England. The Credit Union Foundation also hopes to extend this work in the future to other parts of England, Scotland, and Wales.
What would being involved mean?
If you decide to contribute, you will be asked to take part in an oral history interview, with a volunteer trained by the Oral History Society. This will happen online and you will be sent a microphone and headphones and be asked to click on a link. You and the interviewer will be able to see each other, but only audio will be recorded. If you may find it difficult to connect online, we can also carry out interviews by phone. We will make sure that the process is as easy as possible for you and guide you step by step.
What would I be asked about?
An oral history interview provides an opportunity for you to share memories and thoughts about your experiences. The interview will ask you about your life but will focus mainly on your experiences with the credit union. It will be carried out by a trained volunteer researcher.
Of course you are in control of what you share, but the project is interested in all aspects of credit unions, including setting up and running them, as well as training, working with other credit unions and other organisations, and the social events that took place.
What will happen to the interviews?
Once you have confirmed that you are happy, the interviews will become part of the national oral history collection cared for by the British Library, where they will be available to generations of researchers. A new website will host interview clips, photos and other material collected from credit unions and digitised by volunteers.
If you think you would like to get involved or if you have any questions, please contact Abbie Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org / 07498 928188