Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage – Culture Quintessence 2017-05-03T07:48:47+00:00

Oral memory

Collection consists of capturing the oral memory of the people around us, via audio or video recordings. It can be carried out by geographical area or by domain of knowledge (a savoir-faire such as cooperage or an intangible tradition like the ban bourguignon).

The person in charge of collecting the oral memories performs a one-on-one to interview with the interlocutor.

He/She specializes in Intangible Cultural Heritage, is interested in savoir-faire, traditions and cultural differences. He/She works with respect and thus creates a climate of trust with the interviewee. The interest of the process is not only the audio or video recording; it is as much the authenticity of the exchange between the interviewer and the interviewee.

The collection of oral memory can be individual or collective. It is aimed as much at individuals as groups (associations, federations, companies, villages, regions, governments…).

Anyone possessing of savoir-faire or knowledge related to Intangible Cultural Heritage possesses an invaluable treasure, and it is important to preserve it, notably by audio and video recording. Time passes and endangered culture cannot wait. It is urgent to act before the savoir-faire and traditional knowledge passed down from generation to generation disappear.

Let us use as an example winegrowers in Burgundy, who possess unique technical knowledge and have lived through eras loaded with anecdotes on vines and wine. Taking the time to gather their testimony is to save, value and exalt their lives and experiences. We are now in a time of generational change, where the collection of these memories is becoming urgent.

For individuals:  You are an individual and you want to collect the oral memory of one of your loved ones, by video or audio recording. This will allow you to collect the memories, anecdotes and experiences of your loved one. It is a way to enrich your family heritage and to enhance your family’s history by giving the video, for example, to the children of the family during a family meal. For associations, companies and institutions: Audio and video recordings of a collection of oral memories can be used to create archives (municipal, departmental, academic, associative, etc.), or as useful information in the present.

Initiating a collection of oral memories also makes it possible to think of cultural, educational, informative and tourism contents (films, documentaries, books, etc.). Culture Quintessence proposes to make its organizational skills available to manage the development of this type of content and / or associated events.

Culture Quintessence specializes in the coordination of oral memory collection projects. Our expertise in Intangible Cultural Heritage allows us to work with all people concerned: ethnologists, anthropologists, historians, linguists, archivists or even entities, and local associations specializing in the collection of oral memory.

The role of Culture Quintessence is to ensure good synergy of all participants and the smooth running of the project, both before and after the fact, particularly concerning cost, quality, timing/scheduling and results.

Return on investment

The collection of oral memory makes it possible to freeze that memory in the present. Oral memory is an integral part of our lives, and we are not always aware of its inestimable value. 

An oral memory collection can be used to:

  • Archive the collections of oral memories of a person, a group, a village, a federation;
  • Enter today’s oral memory back into history;
  • Venerate the life of our elders by transmitting their memory to the new generations;
  • Give value to a savoir-faire or little-known intangible knowledge of the general public;
  • Develop local identity and pride: allowing inhabitants to reappropriate the local collective imaginary, and enabling them to become ambassadors of their region;
  • Highlight the territory as an attraction for tourists who increasingly seek authenticity and cultural discovery in their travels;
  • Transmit intangible knowledge via the contents of cultural, educational or tourist devices (creation of an exhibition, a book or an event, linked to the subject of the collection of oral memory) 

More generally, to undertake the creation of a collection of oral memories is to act in the general interest of humanity. It also acts against cultural uniformity and contributes to enhancing the transmission of ideas.