Tickets are now available for our upcoming August and September workshops!


Introductory Workshop 2 – Bringing history to life: an introduction to oral history interviewing

Sarah Rood, professional historian from Way Back When Consulting Historians, will present this workshop. It will provide an introduction to oral history practice, focusing on research, ethics, equipment, interviewing techniques and transcribing. Suitable for students, volunteers, or anyone with an interest in recording oral histories, you will gain valuable insights into the work of doing oral history.

Learn how to prepare questions; about the forms, the ethics and permissions involved; and the top tips to a good interview. Sarah uses real examples to illustrate some of the pitfalls and some of the gems from actual interviews. You will have the opportunity to practise writing questions, as well as to conduct a short interview. Please bring your recording device with you.

For more information, and to secure your place at the introductory workshop, please visit our Eventbrite page.


Advanced Workshop 2A: Editing and Using Interview Transcripts for Publication

Facilitator: Alistair Thomson

In this audio-visual age, it’s easy to forget that oral historians often use interviews in written formats. This day workshop will focus on creating text-based outputs from oral history interviews.

In the morning we will explore and discuss the range of ways in which oral history interviews are used in text-based outputs: from testimony books or websites that reproduce edited interviews with one or more narrators; through history books or journal articles that incorporate extracts from interview transcripts as evidence, case study or illustration within an authorial narrative; to text panels in museum exhibitions that use interview extracts with or without a curator’s interpretation. We’ll consider examples from Al’s oral history publications, and participants are encouraged to bring and discuss examples from their own work. We will note how new technologies are enabling new types of production that combine text and audio (and audio-visuals), and the opportunities and challenges posed by 21st-century innovations.

In the afternoon, we’ll note some basic guidelines (and some enduring controversies) about creating verbatim transcripts, before focusing on approaches and issues in editing transcripts for publication. Each participant will edit a transcript extract in class (either an extract they bring or one provided by Al) and we will discuss editorial aims, processes and decisions. By the end of the day you will have enhanced your understanding and skills in writing with oral history.

For more information, and to secure your booking, please visit our Eventbrite page.