Information about LAGANZ's oral history activities, including oral history training being offered in November and December 2007 in Wellington.
16 October 2007
LAGANZ recently received a grant that enables us to initiate a programme of oral history projects and activities. For now, our immediate focus is:
Oral History Training
LAGANZ is offering training in Wellington on 24 November and 8 December to people interested in helping the Archives to record oral history interviews with members of New Zealand's diverse 'queer' communities.
The training is open to anyone from the Wellington region's queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui, fa'afafine and intersex communities who can commit to attending both days of the training.
As LAGANZ's chair and one of the oral history trainers, Dr Alison Laurie, says:
Participants will learn how to research and prepare for interviews, how to run an interview, how to operate recording equipment and how to process material after the interview. The second part of the training will take place after trainees have had a chance to conduct an interview and will be an opportunity to share experiences with the other trainees.
LAGANZ will be offering ongoing support for oral history volunteers after the training, including arranging regular meetings for volunteers to share experiences and matching volunteers with interviewees.
Volunteers will be needed to help with the research and processing material after the interview, so there are lots of ways people can get involved with LAGANZ's oral history projects without necessarily having to conduct interviews themselves. We encourage interested people to come along to the training to learn more about what is involved and then decide how they might like to contribute.
Register Your Interest
A detailed outline of the training and a short registration form will be available here soon.
If you are interested in the training, please do contact Dr Alison Laurie by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - to register your interest with us, even if you are not 100% certain that you can attend. Alison is happy to answer any queries - (04) 463 5267.
About the Trainers
Dr Alison Laurie and Linda Evans will be running the training. Linda Evans is an oral historian and trainer, a Curator of the Oral History Centre of the Alexander Turnbull Library and a curator of LAGANZ. Dr Alison Laurie is programme director and senior lecturer in Gender and Women's Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and also teaches oral history there and in the community. Dr Alison Laurie is the current Chair of the LAGANZ Trust. Both Linda Evans and Dr Alison Laurie are executive committee members of the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ).
LAGANZ Media Statement
LAGANZ media statement (16 Oct 2007): Lesbian and Gay Archives offers oral history training (MS Word, 76 KB)
Last updated: 16/10/07
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