In the May Bulletin we have news of our next workshop, and information about awards, funding opportunities and the National OHA conference,

Oral History Training: Introductory Workshop

Following on from a successful training event in March, OHWA are again offering an introductory workshop to introduce participants to the practice and methods of doing an oral history interview.

  • Date: Sunday 9 June
  • Time: 10.15am (for 10.30am start) to 3pm
  • Cost: $80 non-members, $50 members
  • Venue: Northwest Rooom, State Library of WA

Oral History WA is committed to ensuring oral history interviews are conducted to a high standard, in terms of ethics, protocols and (where possible) audio quality. The workshop will be led by experienced oral historians, including OHWA Chairperson Susan Hall and Dr Alison Atkinson-Phillips. For a registration form email contact@oralhistorywa.org.au

Closing date to register is 5 June 2024

National Awards – call for applications

Oral History Australia (OHA) is inviting applications for its three awards – the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History and the OHA book and media awards – with recipients to be announced during the Biennial Conference in Melbourne in November 2024.

Nominations and applications for the three awards close on 31 August 2024.

How to apply

Those interested in making a nomination or application for any of the OHA awards should refer to the following information:

OHWA Bursaries 2024

The final details of bursaries available to OHWA members being processed and will be announced after the next Committee meeting to be held on Saturday 11 May. OHWA members will be notified by email and non-member need to keep an eye on the OHWA Website for the guidelines and application form. The bursary and grant will be available to current OHWA members.

OHA Biennial Conference 2024

OHA invite you to join them in marvelous Melbourne to attend the conference, The Power of Oral History – Risks, Rewards & Possibilities, hosted by OH Victoria, 21 to 24 November. Registration will open soon. For more information visit https://oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/biennial-conference-2024/

New Zealand Oral History Conference

The National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ) invites proposals for presentations for its 2024 biennial conference to be held 15-17 November 2024 in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. The conference theme is Working Together: Kōrero mai, Kōrero atu. For more information visit https://www.oralhistory.org.nz/index.php/home/conference24/

State Library of WA Research and Fellowship Opportunities

The State Library of Western Australia is opening the $10,000 J.S. Battye Memorial Fellowship again in 2024. For the first time, the State Library is also offering a $10,000 Fellowship for Aboriginal Researchers and two $20,000 Researcher-in-Residence opportunities. Discover more: https://slwa.wa.gov.au/whats-on/awards-fellowships/ or email fellowships@slwa.gov.au with any queries.

Applications close Friday 17 May 2024.

National Library of Australia’s Fellowship and Scholarship programs

The National Library of Australia’s Fellowship and Scholarship programs offer opportunities for researchers, writers, artists, and PhD candidates to engage with national collections. Applications for 2025 National Library Fellowships and Creative Arts Fellowships are now open. Find out more here: https://www.nla.gov.au/about/fellowships-scholarships-and-grants/fellowships-and-scholarships .

Indian Diaspora in Australia collecting project.

The National Library of Australia is actively looking for stories from Australians with Indian Heritage to add to the national collection. Further information on the NLA website https://www.nla.gov.au/collections/building-our-collections/current-collecting-priorities/australians-indian-heritage .

Contribute your collection to Trove

Make your local community collections part of Trove, Australia’s digital library. Trove is inviting community led, volunteer-run and rural and regional collecting organisations across Australia to showcase their digital content for free in Trove. Fiona Crossan, Museum Curator & Coordinator at the Town of Claremont, said her organisation has found this beneficial: “Having on-line accessibility allows us to share the stories of our collection to a wider audience in new and unique ways.”

Find out more on the Trove website: https://trove.nla.gov.au/announcement/2023/11/30/making-history-trove .

Monthly Oral History Drop-In

Following the monthly OHWA Committee meetings, we invite members and anyone interested in Oral History to join us at the Epoch Café, 12noon-1pm. These monthly drop-in sessions will be a chance to talk about your latest project or idea, get advice about ethical and technical challenges from experienced members – and to generally meet and get to know others who share a passion for oral history.

  • Dates: 2nd Saturday, Monthly
  • Time: 12noon
  • Venue: Epoch Café, WA Museum Boola Bardip
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