Chronicle Blog — Summer Elsley

The Chronicle’s Volunteer Blog features blog posts and articles about what it’s like to be a part of the Chronicle Project and is written by our volunteers.
This post is by Summer Elsley, a student volunteer from Cardiff Metropolitan.


My name is Summer Elsley and I am a first year Psychology student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I am not the typical volunteer for this type of project, as I have no background in History at all, however this is what attracted me to the project in the first place. When searching my university’s career website I came across a volunteering ad for the Chronicle project. I was intrigued about this unique project as there are not many volunteering opportunities out there that involve researching History, so I was very keen to apply. There were many volunteer roles advertised but I chose to apply for the role of an “Oral History Transcriber”, this role meant that I was sent video interviews that other Chronicle members had recorded and my job was to type up a transcription of the interview. There were a variety of interviewees and each were asked about their personal experiences with volunteering in Cardiff throughout the years – it was great to listen to so many different stories!
The role suited me very well; I am currently volunteering with a few other organisations so it was great that the role was flexible and allowed me to work from the comfort of my own home.

While volunteering I developed may skills and techniques and was also given the chance to do other tasks, such as transcribe letters that were written over 40 years ago. I also got chance to do some admin work which developed a further range of skills. Working with Chronicle has definitely broadened my horizons, I never would have considered contributing to a History project before as it is not in my desired field of work, but I am so glad I got the opportunity to.
It’s great to be open minded and try new things you wouldn’t normally try, and I’ve now discovered that I have a keen interest in History!

I am very thankful for having the chance to volunteer with such a kind and hardworking team, during my time with Chronicle.