Southland Oral History Project

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The Archivists Escape! Tour

This Heritage Month the Archives, Family History and Oral History teams are escaping the office, hitting the road and parking their caravan at locations all over Southland.

Check out upcoming tour dates below, or visit the Heritage Month page for the full itinerary.

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02mar9:00 am3:00 pmThe Archivists Escape to the Southland A&P Show!9:00 am - 3:00 pm Donovan ParkEvent Type :Adults

05mar11:00 am3:00 pmThe Archivists Escape to Gore!11:00 am - 3:00 pm Gore Hokonui Heritage CentreEvent Type :Adults

07mar10:00 am1:00 pmThe Archivists Escape to South City!10:00 am - 1:00 pm South CityEvent Type :Adults

07mar2:00 pm4:00 pmThe Archivists Escape to Queens Park!2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Queens ParkEvent Type :Adults

Southland’s stories define who we are as a people and a province.  Our project aims to capture these stories as a collective memory of what it is to be part of this community.

The project covers a broad range of subjects, not only the defining events in our local history but also our traditions, our everyday way of life and what it means to be a Southlander.

The Project is actively supported by Heritage South and the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives. For more information check out the 2015-2020 Southland Oral History Project Strategic Plan

Accessing the Collection

You can listen to the interviews in the Archive Research Room after signing sign a User Registration form.

If you would like to use an extract in a publication then written permission from the Project Co-ordinator is required.

Becoming a Volunteer

Most of our volunteers become interviewers. We also invite people to abstract recorded interviews. This involves listening to interviews and creating a time-kept index to them.  

In both instances we provide a through training programme and continue to support you throughout your time with us.  For more information simply email the Project Co-ordinator on

Contacting the Project Coordinator

As the Co-ordinator only works 7 hours per week. Please email Project Co-ordinator on to arrange a time to catch up.

The Southland Oral History Project is led and supported by the Invercargill City Council, and Heritage Souuth and generously supported by Community Trust South.