Become a 'This Land' Researcher

Saturday 21 May 11 - 4pm

St Georges Centre
Find us in the Girt Hall

Join historian Jeanie Sinclair for a fun, informal session to find out about a new project that needs you to help uncover new stories about Portland’s past. 

This Land offers flexible opportunities to learn new skills in a fun, friendly and welcoming environment, we will be exploring two sites on Portland – looking at biodiversity and land use at Portland Bill, and investigating a Tudor cottage at Brandy Row. 
What can Portland’s past tell us about current issues? How can history influence the present and change the future of places at risk of being lost?  

Being part of the project offers opportunities to: 

  • Develop research skills  
  • Learn presentation skills 
  • Learn how to research the history of places using the census and other online tools 
  • Find out how to make oral history interviews 
  • Find out more about the history of Portland’s special places 
  • Learn more about Portland’s unique environment and biodiversity  

 Plus you will get to meet new people and have fun! 

This Land  offers flexible opportunities to learn new skills in a fun, friendly and welcoming environment. By uncovering Portland’s hidden histories you could make an important contribution to Portland’s present and future.  

 No experience necessary, open to all, and refreshments will be provided.


Dr Jeanie Sinclair is historian. She works with oral histories and archives to discover hidden and alternative histories, and is particularly interested in how histories of community and place are important in the present. Her PhD thesis uses gossip in oral histories to reveal alternative queer and feminist stories. 

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