Get involved with the Oral History Project at the Library

These training sessions are for those individuals wishing to undertake interviews for the Southland Oral History Project.

The first session will cover:

  • What is Oral History?
  • Overview of the Southland Oral History Project
  • The interview process – sleceting interviewees, preliminary meetings, etc
  • The recording equipment
  • Interview technique
  • Ethical standsards
  • Documentation

Attendees will undertake a practice interview prior to the second session (equipment will be provided).

The second session will cover:

  • Review of practice interviews and general feedback
  • Abstracting technique and practice

Morning and afternoon tea is provided but attendees will need to bring their own lunch.

There is no enrolment fee for the training workshops, however spaces are limited and participants are asked to commit to at least 2 to 3 interviews for the Project each year.

  • Interviewer Abstractor
    Our interviewers undergo training to ensure that our interviews are conducted in a professional and ethical way. Training workshops are usually held yearly. There is no enrolment fee for the Oral History Training Workshops. However participating in the workshops brings with it the expectation that you will contribute to the Southland Oral History Project as a volunteer interviewer. No previous experience is required but an interest in people and an ability to listen are essential. Our abstractors undergo training to ensure that abstracts are produced to a high standard. Training is done on an individual basis throughout the year. You will need access to a computer with a word processing programme, email and a CD player

If you would like more information before committing to the training, please email the Southland Oral History Project Coordinator.

Our Harry Potter Escape Room is back by popular demand!

Due to popular demand our Harry Potter Escape Room has returned! Can you escape Professor Snape’s Potion Study before time runs out? You and your fellow Hogwarts students have just 35 minutes to escape before You-Know-Who arrives.

This escape room is aimed at those aged 12 to 100 years, though younger participants are welcome as part of a group. Maximum group size of 6. Registrations required.

This event is now full.

Get creative with melted crayon art (for teens!)

Want to have a go at making some waxy master pieces? Come along and create unique paintings with melted crayons. 


  • Wednesday 17 April
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Ages 12 - 19
  • Cost: Free!

After hours session for genealogists

Join us for after-hours access to our genealogy and local history resources. This evening is perfect for experienced researchers who have already started working on their family tree. Library computers will be available but you are welcome to bring your own laptop.
Tea and coffee provided. Places are limited so register now!


  • Date: Thursday 4 April
  • Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Who: Experienced researchers

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  • Please note: there is a limited number of ‘beginner’ spaces