Good listeners wanted! 

Photo: Max Farrar
Photo: Max Farrar

We’re on the hunt for volunteers who are good listeners with an ear for a great story who can help us to seek out and capture the untold stories of the people and communities who have helped Leeds West Indian Carnival along their remarkable 50 year journey.

Carnival Chronicles is just one strand of our Heritage Lottery Fund supported Leeds Carnival 50 Heritage programme to mark our Golden anniversary this year.

Once recorded these incredible hidden histories will inspire the creation of a special Leeds Carnival 50 Map which charts important locations and moments during the Carnival’s history. As well as featuring in the Leeds Carnival 50 Heritage Exhibition at The Tetley in Leeds from August to October, these historic narratives will be brought to life on stage by acclaimed writer Zodwa Nyoni in a special theatrical performance touring the city in September and October.

Carnival Chronicles Co-ordinator, Joe Williams, an expert in creative heritage projects said “Carnival Chronicles is my most exciting project yet. I’m looking forward to working with a team of volunteers who will help to preserve hidden stories, highlight unsung heroes and celebrate our shared enthusiasm for that one day in the year when Carnival brings the city to life with colour and harmony that crosses all boundaries”.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Carnival Chronicles volunteer researcher, here’s what you need to know;

  • You should comfortable communicating sensitively and respectfully with a wide range of people and communities.
  • Being a good listener is essential!
  • You must be comfortable working in a team as well as on your own.
  • Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be covered.
  • Volunteers will receive free training in oral history collection.

For further information on how to get involved and contribute to this historic project please get in touch by e mailing

Leeds Carnival 50 Heritage is supported by an Our Heritage grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.