Oral History NSW
Giving Voice to the Past
Giving Voice to the Past

Workshop: Capturing Memories: Oral History in the Digital Age

A practical workshop for all interested in recording the experiences of family, friends, local community, history of museum items or any other project incorporating memories of the past.

Are you interested in recording the memories of your family, your community or your workplace? Then come along to this very popular and informative workshop to equip you to undertake oral history interviews. Workshop leaders will be Pauline Curby, an experienced oral historian and Andrew Host, whose 35 years experience as a sound engineer can help you get quality recordings that will stand the test of time. Both are members of Oral History NSW.

Topics include:

  • introduction to oral history and the nature and reliability of memory
  • preparing and structuring an oral history interview
  • ethical issues, ownership, copyright and appropriate documentation
  • choosing and using a digital recorder
  • processing the interview - preparing a summary log
  • interview transcription, aided by free downloadable software
  • saving sound files, storage and preservation

Reference notes provided.

When and Where


Saturday, 7th October 2017
Registration 9.30 am
Workshop commences: 9.45 am
Workshop concludes: 4.30 pm


RAHS, History House
133 Macquarie St, Sydney


$105 non-members
$95 Oral History NSW & RAHS members
Morning & afternoon tea included.


Pauline Curby has worked as a freelance professional historian since the early 1990s and has undertaken consultancies in oral history, environmental history and heritage, as well as writing a number of commissioned histories. Her publication, Randwick won the NSW Premier’s Award (Regional and Community History), 2010.

Pauline Curby is the recipient of the NSW History Fellowship, 2011 and is a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT).


Andrew Host has been professionally immersed in audio for 37 years, starting in commercial radio in Sydney, and then working a further 16 years in independent recording studios in the advertising industry.

In 1998, Andrew moved into Compact Disc and DVD duplication, which also involved restoration of old audio and video. Since 2010, Andrew's focus has been on audio preservation and enhancement.

Andrew has been a member of Oral History NSW since 2012, and has been on the executive committee since 2013 where he now serves as Treasurer.


Booking essential 
Limited places 
Enquiries: Email Scott McKinnon -  events@oralhistorynsw.org.au 
Ph: (02) 8094 1239

No refunds for cancellations of less than 7 days; 90% refund if more than 7 days notice.