Wellington Oral History Workshop Day Two

Wellington Oral History Workshop

13 April & 25 May 2019

This workshop is in Wellington, but we are sharing with everyone.


Unidentified two young boys and two men listening to recording on listening devices, at ship liner expo, unidentified location. Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1959/3151-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/30664895 Essentials of Oral History

This workshop is essential for anyone considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. It will provide information on the essentials of oral history research, including methodology, project planning, best equipment, interview techniques, legal and ethical issues, and processing oral history in order to make the material available for use. There’ll be plenty of hands-on practice!

All materials, including recorders, will be provided.

This is a two-day workshop with one month between sessions.


Saturday 13 April 2019 & Saturday 25 May 2019

Time: 8.45am – 4.30pm

Venue: Meet at Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington

Cost: $300 ($200 for Community Services card holders or students*) for both days.

Equipment: All equipment is provided and all participants recieve comprehensive guides and resources and upon completion, a certificate of attendance.  If you already have a recorder you intend to use for your project, please bring it.  If you intend to purchase a recorder beforehand, please email ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz to check minimum specifications.

To register for this workshop, please reply email ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz with the following information:

·         Name

·         Email

·         Address

·         Mobile

·         A sentence on your topic of interest (If any)

·         Payment type (invoice or eftpos/ credit card)

Once you are confirmed, further information will be sent to you.

*Please note, there is no discount for Gold Card holders


Day One: Introduction to Oral History Research

Saturday 13 April 2019 8.45am – 4.30pm

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 recordings, and make the material available for use.

Bring a recorder if you have one you intend to use for recording.  Exercises to be completed before Day Two will be discussed.

Day Two: Recording Serious

Saturday 25 May 2019 8.45am – 4.30pm

This day will build on the introductory course, reviewing work completed and covering in more detail interview techniques, project planning and technical, ethical and legal issues.  Attendance at Day One is a prerequisite.