Oral history workshops

Calling all budding oral historians, the next series of  The Essentials of Oral History Research and Abstracting Oral History workshops are due to kick off in March 2013. These workshops are suitable for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects.

Places on these workshops in Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin are limited, so make sure you don't miss out.  A workshop may also be held in Nelson if demand is high enough.

Ref: 4-4411, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Theses workshops will be taught by Judith Fyfe, lawyer and oral historian and held in the Alexander Turnbull Library, cnr of Aitken and Molesworth Streets, Wellington.

These workshops will be taught by Megan Hutching, freelance oral historian and held at the National Library of New Zealand building, 8 Stanley St, Parnell, Auckland.

Theses workshops will be taught by Helen Frizzell, freelance oral historian, and Judith Fyfe, lawyer and oral historian for the abstracting workshops only and held at the University of Otago, Dunedin.
Ref: AWNS-19151111-37-3, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Completed enrolment forms (available from the links above) for all three locations should be sent to:

Outreach Services
Alexander Turnbull Library
PO Box 12349
Wellington 6144
Or, emailed.

Funding of up to $500 is available through the Jack Ilott oral history education operation fund (see details at bottom of page). Applicants should read through the policy and fill out the application form (see link above), which should be sent to:

The Secretary
Jack Ilott Oral History Education Fund
Oral History Centre
Outreach Services
Alexander Turnbull Library
PO Box 12349
Wellington 6144


  1. Oral History workshops are still available!

    There are places available in the Auckland oral history workshop series beginning this weekend, Saturday 16 March 2013, 8.45 to 4.30pm. This is part one of a two-day course, The essentials of oral history research, with the second day on Saturday 20 April.

    This is an introduction to oral history methodology: how to plan an oral history project, choose the best equipment, achieve clear audio recordings, select informants, follow ethical procedures, develop questioning techniques, process oral history and make the material available for use.

    There are also vacancies in the Dunedin series starting 4 May, and in Abstracting oral histories in Wellington 25 and 26 May.

  2. As a democratic tool, oral history records and preserves the memories, perceptions, and voices of individuals and groups at all levels and in all endeavours, but that raises questions about what to do with these interviews and how to share them with the people and communities they reflect.

    “Power and democracy” will be the theme of the IOHA’s meeting in Barcelona, with the sub-themes:

    *Archives, Oral Sources and Remembrance
    *Power in Human Relations
    *Democracy as a Political Tool
    *Oral Sources and Cultural Heritage
    * 8 New Ways to Share Our Dialogue with the Public

    Proposals (deadline is 15 Sept) may be made for a conference paper, a thematic panel or a workshop session. Offers to convene a Special Interest Group are also sought. Proposals will be evaluated according to their oral history focus, relevance to the conference theme and sub-themes, methodological and theoretical significance, and sound scholarship. Participants are encouraged to incorporate voice, image, and digital media in their presentations.

    To find out more, copy & paste this link into the browser:



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