Will the project be based around ‘secondary source’ material, i.e. books, articles, documents that discuss information presented elsewhere? Or will the focus be on ‘primary source’ research, i.e. photos, letters, or an interview with someone who has direct knowledge of an event? Of course, it could be a combination of several such sources too.
Teams - Will the projects be individual student-based or group-based?
Brainstorm – get the students to decide themselves. Discuss what might be possible and set the limitations.
There are many examples of oral history projects that could help decide what format is most suited to your students and the topic under study. This list is by no means definitive but it should give you an idea for what might be possible:
- Cork Memory Map:
Stories of Cork, past and present, from the Cork Folklore Project
- Digital Recollections: South Tipperary national schools 2 schools in the area recorded interviews with people in their locality about their recollections.
- My People My Place: Mapping and folklore project conducted in areas of Co Wexford
- School Map Project: Project that focuses on children collecting and collating information about their locality
- Disused Schoolhouses: Photo project looking at abandoned schoolhouses in the Irish landscape
- Men on the Memorial: Research project exploring the lives of people whose names were found on a memorial to the dead of one village in World War 1.