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Transcribing Oral History workshop

28 October, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

$60 – $80
This live, online workshop will teach you how to transcribe your oral history interviews and deal with transcription dilemmas.

About this event

Have you completed some oral history interviews, but aren’t sure how to go about transcribing them?

Do you have interviews in your library, museum or historical society collection that haven’t been transcribed yet?

Would you like some guidance on how to go about preparing clear and informative transcripts that will be valuable research tools?

If you answered yes to any of these, then this workshop is for you.

You can register here:

This hands-on workshop will cover:

  • the importance of transcribing oral history interviews, and the consequences of inaccurate transcripts
  • the difference between spoken and written English and its significance for transcripts
  • setting out transcripts
  • transcription dilemmas and how to deal with them
  • hints for improving the value of transcript
  • useful software
  • is voice recognition software a reasonable substitute?
  • ideas for using oral history transcripts

This workshop is suitable for:

  • members of community groups and history groups
  • custodians of oral history collections
  • local and community historians
  • students, teachers and researchers
  • anyone wanting to use oral history interviews

What you need to participate in the workshop:

You will need a computer/tablet with internet connection. It is preferable to have a headset (headphones with microphone), but the headphones and microphone on your device are also sufficient. Instructions for installing and using the meeting software will be provided upon registration.

During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to practise preparing short sections of transcript.

Workshop notes will be provided.

Limited places available:

Please note that places are limited to eight people per workshop. There will be a waiting list in case of cancellations, and if a workshop is oversubscribed, new sessions will be scheduled.

Workshop presenter:

Your presenter is Dr Sally Stephenson ( Sally has worked professionally as an oral historian, researcher and writer for more than fifteen years. She has used oral history to produce documentaries, interpretive panels in museums and national parks, heritage walks, and for sound installations in museums. She has also used oral history interviews to provide information about the living history of places for urban renewal and landscape design projects (for example at Tonsley and Bowden in South Australia). She has undertaken projects for Australian Federal and State Government departments, local councils, the State Library of South Australia, the South Australian Maritime Museum, local museums and community groups.

Sally has presented introductory and advanced workshops (in person and online) on a range of topics for Oral History Australia SA/NT, and regularly receives excellent reviews.


28 October, 2021
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
$60 – $80
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