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Capturing Memories: Oral History in the Digital Age

By June 14, 2013August 7th, 2013No Comments

An Oral History Experience Weekend will be hosted by Central West Libraries and the Oral History Association of Australia NSW on 3 and 4 August 2013 thanks to funding from the Country Arts Support Program. Oral history has many applications in local and family history, heritage projects, museum exhibitions, and history of institutions and associations, just to name a few.

Come along to a practical workshop with Trish Levido, a member of the Oral History Association NSW training team. Trish has many years' experience leading workshops for local libraries, historical societies and other community groups. She is passionate about oral history and has been an interviewer for the Mosman Library for more than 30 years. She has many helpful tips to share with you.

Topic covered include:

” Introduction to oral history and the nature and reliability of memory
” Preparing and structuring an oral history interview
” Documentation: ethical issues, ownership and copyright
” Choosing and using a digital recorder
” Downloading recordings to a computer
” Editing using Audacity (free access editing software)
” Guidelines for preparing an interview summary, logging and transcription
” Saving sound files, burning to disc and transfer to other storage mediums

Saturday 3 August 2013 from 9.30am  4.30pm
Introduction to Oral History Theory and Practice
Sunday 4th August 9.30am  1pm
Hands-On practice in interviewing and setting up an oral history project.
Attendance at Saturday's seminar is a pre-requisite for the Sunday workshop

Venue: West Room, next door to Orange City Library, 147 Byng Street, Orange
Costs: $95 includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea on Saturday, and refreshments on Sunday. Resources notes included with the workshop fee.

Bookings essential by calling Orange City Library on 6393 8132. Email:

This project is supported by Arts NSW's Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and Arts OutWest on behalf of the NSW Government.