The RAHS and Oral History NSW (OHNSW) present ‘An Introduction to Oral History: Key Principles that Everyone Should Know’ at History House on Friday 21st April. This talk introduces historians of all kinds to the possibilities and pitfalls of ‘making memories’ or doing oral history interviews with people about their experiences of the past. It asks why oral histories matter as an historical source, and explores the various ways in which they can be used. Come along and hear Oral History NSW President Anisa Puri and Vice-President Scott McKinnon, discuss the value of oral history and share examples from their own work.
Anisa Puri is a professional historian, heritage consultant, and the President of Oral History NSW. Anisa has worked on large-scale national oral history projects—she managed the Australian Generations Oral History Project from 2012-2015, and is currently involved with the HIV/AIDS Volunteers History Project. Her first book, Australian Lives: An Intimate History (with Professor Alistair Thomson) features interviews from the Australian Generations Collection and will be published by Monash University Press in 2017.
Scott McKinnon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Western Sydney University, Vice President of Oral History NSW and President of Sydney’s Pride History Group. An experienced oral historian, Scott has conducted several projects investigating the history of the Sydney LGBT community and he has written and recorded an oral history podcast series, PridePod. His first book, Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, memory and the history of a gay male community was published by Intellect Books in November 2016.BUY TICKETS