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. Hear Oral History NSW Vice President Dr Scott McKinnon, discuss the value of oral history and share examples from his own work.
About the speaker: Scott McKinnon is a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong and the Vice President of Oral History NSW. An experienced oral historian, he has worked on a range of projects in universities and in community history groups. Scott is the author of Gay Men at the Movies: Cinema, Memory and the History of a Gay Male Community (Intellect, 2016). He is the Vice President of Sydney’s Pride History Group.
(*OHNSW refers to Oral History NSW, an association that supports the promotion and improvement of oral history. To find out more about the organisation and their events, click here.)