Workshop on oral history skills

Central Otago Heritage Trust co-ordinator Maggie Hope. Photo: file
Central Otago Heritage Trust co-ordinator Maggie Hope. Photo: file
Since 2019 volunteers have been collecting memories and personal stories as part of the Central Otago Heritage Trust’s Oral History Project.

For anyone interested in joining the group there will be a hands-on workshop, led by Rebecca Amundsen, of Invercargill, next month.

Central Otago Heritage Trust co-ordinator Maggie Hope said the workshop would teach the skills of how to preserve the memories of people who have a great story to tell — their story in their words.

There was no charge for the workshop which would be from 10am-4 pm on July 13, at Alexandra Community House.

However, attendees would be expected to contribute to the oral history project by undertaking some interviews, she said.

Once trained, there would be plenty of ongoing support from the Oral History manager Joanna Leigh and fellow volunteers working on the project.

More than 30 volunteers had completed the training and used internationally recognised standards and best practice to undertake the recording and abstraction of oral histories.

There were 33 oral history interviews online at the Central Otago Heritage Trust website and many more were to be uploaded.

People interviewed ranged from farmers to wine industry pioneers and artists.