13 March: Day 2: Introduction to oral history – Christchurch

The essentials of oral history research, Day 2: Recording seriously — Christchurch

Part of Oral history workshops — 2024 series

Wednesday 13 March 2024, 8:45am to 4:30pm
$300 for both days or $220 for Community Service Card holders

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Book a spot on our two-day workshop that gives an introduction to oral history methodology. Led by Lynette Shum, Oral History Advisor at the Alexander Turnbull Library, the workshop is ideal for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects.


Practical introduction to oral history

An introduction to oral history methodology. Includes:

  • 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.

Equipment is provided. All participants will also receive a comprehensive summary resource and a certificate of attendance.

Attendance on both days is required and places are limited.
Day 1 Introduction to oral history — Wednesday 21 February 20242
Day 2 Recording seriously — Wednesday 13 March 2024

Bookings are essential

Email us to book a spot in this ever-popular course — ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

The first series for Christchurch in 2024 was immediately booked out, so here is another chance to take part.

Principles-based training

Our training is based on the principles in the National Oral History Association of New Zealand’s Code of Ethical and Technical Practice, and international archival standards.

About the speaker

Lynette Shum has been the Oral History Advisor with the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand since 2011. As well as offering training and advice in oral history, Lynette is also working on a long-term oral history project recording people who lived or worked in the Chinese centre of Wellington.

Check before you come

Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the website for updated information about individual events before you come.

For more general information about National Library services and exhibitions, have a look at our COVID-19 page.

Two women in a field putting potatoes in sacks.
Mrs Curtis and her daughter-in-law bagging potatoes, Marshlands, Canterbury, 28 April 1948 by Kenneth Valentine Bigwood. Ref: 1/2-027372-F Alexander Turnbull Library.

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