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

Part of Oral history workshops — 2024 series

Saturday 20 July 2024, 9:45am 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 and Helen Frizzell, a Dunedin-based freelance oral historian. 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.

Two-day course

Attendance on both days is required and places are limited. There is a gap between the two workshops, during which participants are asked to do a homework exercise.

Day 1 Introduction to oral history — Saturday 8 June 2024
Day 2 Recording seriously — Saturday 20 July 2024

Bookings are essential

Email us to book a spot in this ever-popular course —

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 speakers

Lynette Shum has been the Oral History Advisor with the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand since 2011.

Helen Frizzell is a Dunedin-based freelance oral historian with an extensive experience in community oral history projects.

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Queen Elizabeth II watches a baby being weighed at the Truby King-Harris (Karitane) Hospital, Dunedin. Ref: 1/2-042942-F. Alexander Turnbull Library.