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31 October Advanced Workshop


Oral History Advanced Workshop


Saturday 31 October 2015, 10.00 am till 4.00 pm
Room 235, Level 2, Block Z2, Creative Industries Precinct, Queensland University of Technology, 10-20 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove before the corner of Carraway. There is a large glass lift on the outside of the Z2 building.

Professor Helen Klaebe and Mr Bryan Crawford


Participants should bring pens, paper, recorder and laptop computer.

Please note the workshop will not run if there is not sufficient interest. If the workshop is cancelled for this reason, you will be fully refunded.

$100 members of Oral History Queensland, $120 non members.


This workshop will focus on oral history projects for people who have already done the initial 'how to do oral histories' workshop and know the basics of interviewing. This is a practical ‘hands on’ workshop.

  • Work on an interview from beginning to end
  • Focus on interview technique and recording apparatus (audio & video)
  • Downloading, organizing and editing

Interviewing Techniques

  • Watch/listen to example interviews to learn what works and what doesn't
  • Practise interviewing and using recording equipment
  • See how to set up a video interview
  • Appreciate the importance of images

Making a Transcript

  • Learn more about transcribing software – eg Express Scribe
  • Better understand how to Produce/Edit the transcript

Presenting the Recordings/Creative Writing

  • Covering ways to tell your story including:

    * Online/digital possibilities

    * Tidying the text

    * Ethics—using someone else’s interview

    * Other uses


Participants should bring money for lunch.  There are places to purchase food in the shopping village and a market is open.  OHQ will provide tea, coffee and biscuits.


Some street parking is available.  


Please secure your place by contacting Suzanne Mulligan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone on 07 3376 1865Please make your reservation with Suzanne before forwarding payment, to ensure places are still available.  Please note that we have ‘no refunds’ policy.  Numbers are strictly limited and we encourage you to reserve early and then forward payment to: The Treasurer, PO Box 3296 Birkdale Qld 4159, before 26 October 2015.  To become a member or to find out more, visit our website: www.ohq.org.au




Professor Helen Klaebe is the Assistant Dean, Research & International Engagement in QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty. Her PhD examined new approaches to participatory public history using multi art form storytelling strategies, including oral history and digital storytelling.  Klaebe’s academic work spans public history and community projects researching new approaches to engage the community with their local history and in the evaluation of narrative-driven arts based projects. She has served on OHA international, national and Queensland committees.  Bryan Crawford is a professional photographer and film maker with over 20 years experience producing, directing, shooting and editing long and short form projects for both television and the web.  A strong advocate of the new digital age, Crawford has been a part of the transition from traditional media outputs to the democratising power of the internet and has specialist insight in to new media production for all budgets.  Over the past decade Klaebe and Crawford have teamed up to facilitate workshops and produce digital stories and oral history collections for the State Library of Brisbane, the Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council and many other local and regional communities or organisations throughout Queensland.