Oral History Workshop, Brisbane

Oral History Queensland is holding a face-to-face workshop on 27 November 2021 at 12 Payne Street, Auchenflower.  The workshop will be run by OHQ President Elisabeth Gondwe who has a Master of Arts in Anthropology and Archaeology from James Cook University.  Elisabeth has worked as an oral historian for 30 years and brings a strong oral history focus to her role as the curator at the North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah.  She has designed and delivered many community oral history projects.

This is an introductory workshop and would suit people who are commencing an oral history project.  It will provide an overview of an oral history project, ethics and permissions, an introduction to interview techniques and recording, file management and transcribing.  Anyone with an interest in oral history, family and local histories would benefit from this workshop.  Find out more about the workshop and registration here.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

This museum has many oral history interviews and includes a guideline for conducting interviews.
“Conduct an Interview – The Museum’s Oral History Interview Guidelines (PDF), last updated in 2007, is a unique reference guide to aid members of the public interested in conducting interviews. The guide contains step-by-step suggestions for making initial contact with an interviewee, conducting research and preparing questions for the interview, and producing transcripts and summaries to help make the interview(s) accessible to researchers.”

Oral History for Teachers

“In the Behind the Scenes at the Center for Folklike and Cultural Heritage session, educators shared how your classroom can participate in the Smithsonian’s folklife and cultural heritage programs throughout the school year. Events and resources include: the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (and their new learning pathways!), and a very robust cluster of international cultural sustainability projects. They also shared a guide for conducting oral history interviews, allowing students to turn members of their own families and community into key sources of history, culture, and tradition.” See the full story here.

Survivors of Tuam Mother & Baby Home

A podcast series, narrated by Irish actor Cillian Murphy, allows survivors of the Tuam institution and their families to tell their own life stories. The three-part podcast series was released in July 2020 by NUI Galway’s Tuam Oral History Project and is still relevant today when it comes to educating ourselves on the atrocities that took place in the Irish Mother and Baby Homes. Read more here and see links to the podcasts.

German Refugee Project

“Tahar is one of 42 refugees who recount their life stories in interviews lasting several hours on the “Archive of Refuge” digital platform. The archive is a form of oral history that helps others understand history from a purely biographical perspective that rarely finds a place in history books.” Read the full story here. Click on the link above, Archive of Refuge, which will take you to the videoed interviews, which are translated into English.

Oral History in Museums

“In this article, Priyanka Seshardri makes the case for oral history’s place in museum collections. Today, we see museums around the world investigating the roots of their collections. Consequently, museums are being urged to follow more ethical collecting practices. Oral history as a discipline can serve as a useful guide towards this goal. It creates a rich world of storytelling around any type of collection, including works of art, archival documents, photographs and material objects. Its methods can also shape a museum’s relationships and reimagine its role as a custodian of collections.” Read more here.