Oral History NSW
Giving Voice to the Past
Giving Voice to the Past

Interpreting Memories - An Advanced Oral History Workshop

Alistair Thomson

Presented by Oral History NSW and the State Library of NSW

How do we make sense of the memories that we record as oral historians? How do we begin to transform stories into histories? In this workshop with oral historian Alistair Thomson we’ll consider a range of ways of approaching the interpretation of memories.

We’ll note the changing ways that researchers have used memory as a historical source. 
We’ll consider the factors that shape memory stories. 
We’ll try out narrative analysis with interview extracts (from Al’s interviews with migrants and war veterans) using the rich clues of sound, gesture, word and narrative form.

You’ll finish up brimming with ideas and enthusiasm for working with your own interviews (or other people’s interviews), armed with lists of further reading if you wish to deepen your understanding.

This interactive workshop with one of the world's leading experts in oral history is suitable for people who have some experience of oral history interviewing and who would like to deepen their skills in interpreting and analysing recorded interviews.

Places are strictly limited.

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There are no places available.

To be placed on a waiting list, please email your request to  membership@oralhistorynsw.org.au

Time and Place

Date: Saturday, 7th April, 2018 
Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm (Registration from 10am) 
Location: Macquarie Room, State Library of NSW 
Cost: $70 (Oral History NSW members); $80 (Non-members)

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Workshop: Capturing Memories: Oral History in the Digital Age

Co-presenters Janis Wilton and Andrew Host

A practical workshop for all interested in recording the experiences of family, friends, local community, history of museum items or any other project incorporating memories of the past.

Saturday 21st April 2018
at Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Rd, Parramatta NSW 2150

Bookings essential
Limited places 

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Seminar – An Introduction to Oral History

Seminar presenter Scott McKinnon

Presented by Royal Australian Historical Society and Oral History NSW, this talk introduces attendees 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.

Friday 4th May 2018 - 11am to 1pm
at Royal Australian Historical Society
History House
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Cost: $30 for non-members, $25 for members of RAHS or Oral History NSW.

Seats are limited - bookings are essential.
Bookings are being managed by Royal Australian Historical Society.

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Enquiries: (02) 9247 8001 | history@rahs.org.au

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.