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Capturing Memories: Oral History in the Digital Age

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

$95 – $105

In partnership with Oral History NSW

This practical workshop is for anyone who is interested in recording the experiences of family, friends, local communities, history of museum items or any other project incorporating memories of the past.

This popular and informative workshop will equip you to undertake your own oral history interviews. Workshop leaders will be Janis Wilton, an experienced oral historian and Andrew Host, whose 40 years of experience as a sound engineer can help you get quality recordings that will stand the test of time.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to oral history and the nature of reliability of memory
  • Preparing and structuring an oral history interview
  • Ethical issues, ownership, copyright and appropriate documentation
  • Choosing and using a digital recorder
  • Processing the interview – preparing a summary log
  • Interview transcription, aided by free downloadable software
  • Saving sound files, storage and preservation

This workshop builds on the Oral History Handbook, available for purchase from Oral History Australia.

About the speakers:

  • Janis Wilton is a public and applied historian who, until her retirement in 2017, was based at the University of New England where she coordinated and taught into the university’s courses on local, family and applied history, and supervised research work in these areas. A Life Member of Oral History NSW, a recipient of the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History, and a past president and council member of the International Oral History Association, Janis shares her passion for oral history through active involvement in community based projects, research supervision, community workshops, and her own research and writing.

  • Andrew Host has been professionally immersed in audio for 40 years, starting in commercial radio in Sydney, and then working a further 16 years in independent recording studios in the advertising industry. In 1998, Andrew moved into Compact Disc and DVD duplication, which also involved restoration of old audio and video. Since 2010, Andrew’s focus has been on audio preservation and enhancement. Andrew has been a member of Oral History NSW since 2012, and has been on the executive committee since 2013 where he now serves as Treasurer.



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