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Workshop: Capturing Memories: Oral History In The Digital Age

  • Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts 280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia (map)

Join Oral History NSW for a practical workshop for all interested in recording the experiences of family, friends, local communities, history of museum items or any other project incorporating memories of the past. This popular and informative workshop will equip you to undertake your own oral history interviews. Workshop leaders will be Pauline Curby, an experienced oral historian and Andrew Host, whose 38 years’ experience as a sound engineer can help you get quality recordings that will stand the test of time.

Topics include:

• introduction to oral history and the nature and reliability of memory

• preparing and structuring an oral history interview

• ethical issues, ownership, copyright and appropriate documentation

• choosing and using a digital recorder

• processing the interview – preparing a summary log

• interview transcription, aided by free downloadable software

• saving sound files, storage and preservation

This workshop builds on the OHA Oral History Handbook available for purchase from Oral History Australia.


Saturday, 17th November 2018

Registration 9.30 am
Workshop commences: 9.45 am
Workshop concludes: approximately 4.30 pm


Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney


  • $105 non-members

  • $95 Oral History NSW & RAHS members

  • $135 attend the workshop and become a new member of Oral History NSW.

Morning & afternoon tea included.  
Bring your own lunch, or lunch can be purchased at nearby cafes.


Bookings essential   
Limited places   
Enquiries: Email Minna Muhlen-Schulte -   
Ph: (02) 8094 1239
No refunds for cancellations of less than 7 days; 90% refund if more than 7 days notice.



Pauline Curby has worked as a freelance professional historian since the early 1990s and has undertaken consultancies in oral history, environmental history and heritage, as well as writing a number of commissioned histories. Her publication, Randwick, won the NSW Premier’s Awards (Regional and Community History), 2010.

Pauline was the recipient of the NSW History Fellowship 2011 and is a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT).


Andrew Host has been professionally immersed in audio for 38 years, starting in commercial radio in Sydney, and then working a further 16 years in independent recording studios in the advertising industry.

In 1998, Andrew moved into Compact Disc and DVD duplication, which also involved restoration of old audio and video. Since 2010, Andrew's focus has been on audio preservation and enhancement.

Andrew has been a member of Oral History NSW since 2012, and has been on the executive committee since 2013 where he now serves as Treasurer.