Oral History for beginners

Ensure your family history is preserved. Discover the techniques and principles of oral history to record and preserve individual and community life-stories and experiences. Oral history offers an immediate and individual perspective on historical events which cannot be found in written or official sources. Start your family chronicles today.

ANU CCE continuing education icon

Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Judith Winternitz 18 July Tuesday 6-8pm 8 $295 Enrolments Closed. Join our mailing list

Course outline

Oral history is a central technique for recording and preserving individual and community life stories and experiences, which has been developed and used since the early twentieth century to provide detailed and intimate portraits of life as it is experienced. It offers an immediacy and individuality of perspective on historical events which cannot be found in written or official sources.

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of oral history, as well as technical issues - such as how to prepare and design oral history interviews and projects. It will involve some hands-on practical exercises to support budding family and local historians and all those who wish to gain a personal in-depth understanding of the real lived experience of people around them, so come prepared with some ideas for interviews you would like to undertake.

Background reading in oral history theory will be recommended for those who are interested, however as inspiration, you may like to download and listen to some key oral histories in the National Library of Australia.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • understand the relationship between traditional historical documents and oral history
  • understand oral history theory and technique
  • to plan, design and undertake oral history interviews.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone with an interest in history and re-telling stories.

Updated:  13 July 2017/ Responsible Officer:  CCE Manager/ Page Contact:  CCE Webmaster