Information is only as
good as the collector.
The art of taking and recording an oral history is a specialized
skill. It is more than listening, it is the task of hearing everything
and collecting the details without prejudice or the need for them
to make immediate sense; encouraging memories and reminiscences
The Ethnomedica Council
of Management trained 40 volunteer collectors from around the UK
in the skills
of oral history research at a free training day
the help of the NIMH (Post Graduate Training Board).
training day taught volunteers to;
* Listen accurately. Tape and/or transcribe.
* Process the information.
Verify places and plant names.
samples and photographs.
* Present data in a form suitable for storage, following the
standard forms for data collection
* Consider other issues, identity, confidentiality, consent,
security, safety and etiquette.
hope to have another training day this year
day generated much interest and was over booked. Forty people attended
and it was fun
Training thirteen people applied to become official researchers
for Ethnomedica. Several also offered to act as an organizer for
their local region.
were able to divide the country into eight regions, each with a
trained researcher to act as a local organizer to liaise, support
and help others in their area. Each researcher received an Ethnomedica
serial number, Identity card, forms and Ethnomedica stationary.
Researching the Herbal Traditions