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Advanced Workshop – Teaching oral history: training the trainers

October 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Online on Zoom

Are you an experienced oral historian who would like to learn how to teach oral history in community, academic or professional contexts? This OHV online Advanced Workshop by two of Australia’s most experienced oral history trainers will consider: issues in interactive teaching and learning; approaches to teaching online and face to face; the aims and varieties of oral history; teaching interviewing; teaching the documentation of interviews; and teaching oral history relationships and ethics (the course will not focus on teaching interpretation of interviews)

Participants in this advanced workshop must have extensive oral history experience. Participants who successfully complete this course, and who then shadow the teaching of at least one other OHV training course, will be eligible for consideration for teaching OHV training courses.


Sarah Rood is a professional consulting historian who has been working in the field for the past 20 years. She has seen the uses and applications of oral history change drastically. Motivated by a desire to help communicate the past and to help connect individuals and communities with history and identity Sarah has recorded countless oral history interviews. Firmly believing that everyone has a story to tell, Sarah aims to work with people to record their stories in a way that both documents their experiences and ensures that (with permission) it can be accessed by others in the future. The interplay between the tangible and the intangible and how this plays out in oral history is a constant source of intrigue for Sarah. In recent years Sarah’s focus has also turned to the way story gathering and storytelling can be applied to drive change. Contact: sjrood@waybackwhen.com.au

Alistair Thomson, Professor of History and national award-winning teacher at Monash University, taught his first oral history workshop in 1985 at the Wangaratta Centre for Continuing Education and has been teaching oral history in both community and academic settings ever since. Al is currently President of Oral History Australia. His oral history books include: Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend (1994), The Oral History Reader (2016), Ten Pound Poms: Australia’s Invisible Migrants (2005), Moving Stories: an intimate history of four women across two countries (2011), Oral History and Photography (2011), and Australian Lives: An Intimate History (2017). Al is currently leading a research project about the history of fathering in Australia and co-editing The Bloomsbury Oral History Handbook. Contact: Alistair.Thomson@monash.edu


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Please note that OHV members are given first priority to purchase tickets as well as a discounted rate, with tickets open to non-members from the 6th of September. To become an OHV member visit or membership page.


October 7
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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