Get involved with local history at the Southland Oral History Project workshop 🗣️

Join oral historian Rebecca Amundsen and coordinator of the Southland Oral History Project to learn how to conduct oral history interviewers. This workshop is generously supported by Heritage South.

Attendance at this workshop is required by individuals wishing to undertake interviews for the Southland Oral History Project (attendance at both sessions is required).

Session #1

Session #2

The first session will cover:

  • What is Oral History
  • An overview of the Southland Oral History Project
  • An introduction to recording equipment
  • The interview process (selecting interviewees, preliminary meeting and research)
  • Interview technique
  • Ethical Standards
  • Documentation

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

The second session will cover:

  • Review of practice interviews including critical review and feedback
  • How to abstract oral history interviews
  • Abstracting exercises.

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

No previous experience is required but an interest in people and an ability to listen are essential.

Please note: There is no enrolment fee for the Oral History Training Workshop; however, participating in the workshop brings with it the expectation that you will contribute to the Southland Oral History Project as a volunteer interviewer by conducting 2 to 3 interviews per year.

This workshop is generously supported by Heritage South:

Get involved with the Oral History Project at the Library

Saturday 6 April 10:00am – 3:30pm
Saturday 11 May 10:00am – 3:30pm

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.

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