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Oral history – recording the memories and stories of people who experienced past events – can significantly enhance family histories. This workshop will explore some of the issues that need to be considered before you start recording oral histories such as family loyalties, ethics, copyright, on-going storage of the audio recording, transcription and the fallibility of memory. It will also include some practical tips on conducting oral histories, such as self-care, the recording space, what equipment to use and managing the interview.

Alison Wishart is a Senior Curator at the State Library of New South Wales. Her area of expertise is social history, having curated exhibitions on a diverse range of topics – from football (soccer) to romantic love. Before coming to the State Library of NSW in 2015, Alison worked as a curator and collections manager with the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, the State Library of Queensland, and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Alison has a BA (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a Masters in Cultural Heritage (majoring in Museum Studies) from Deakin University.

When: Monday 3 September 2018, 6:00pm
Where: WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: Free – book online
Contact:, 02 9268 7530
Hosted by WEA Sydney.

Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2018, supported by Create NSW.

Image: Jonathon King as a baby, 1951, by Ted Hood, courtesy State Library of NSW