South West Beginners Oral History Community Workshop
  • Room 206/207, Roland Levinsky Building

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Discover the past to narrate ‘living history’ through oral history interviews. Work with leading oral historians in this one-day workshop and gain practical skills and knowledge to conduct your own project.

The South West Beginners Oral History Community Workshop is a transnational collaborative initiative between the University of Plymouth and the Centre for Oral History and Tradition at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. 

The workshop will focus on basic practical preparation to help you develop your oral history project, including the interviewing and transcription processes.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • An introduction to oral history – why do oral history?
  • Building your project – practical preparations and general planning, organisation, ethics and consent, follow-up
  • The interview – partner practice (be prepared to conduct a brief interview and be interviewed), using technology
  • After the interview – transcription, working with archives
  • Learning from experience – ‘How to run a successful community oral history project’: Stonehouse 100 Homes Project (Pete Davey, Project Leader)
  • Your oral history project.

Workshop specifics

  • Target audience: members of the general public across the South West who are seeking to develop local, community, family and other amateur history projects through oral history
  • Minimum age for attendance: 18 years
  • Maximum participant number: 25
  • Cost £75 (£40 Early Bird rate ends Monday 10 September)
  • Last booking date: Friday 14 September (noon)

Registration includes a full day of lectures and hands-on skills seminars, lunch and break refreshments, a workshop package including a booklet with guiding principles and helpful instructional information, follow-up consultation.

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