Sounds and silence

‘THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE’ IS A SONG THAT MANY REMEMBER JUST LIKE THE STORIES TOLD IN ORAL HISTORIES AND PODCASTS FROM THE PAST. THEY PERMIT MANY TO REMEMBER VIA SOUND RECORDINGS SO THAT MANY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. Sounds and recording collections, where stories are told orally, are preserved for the nation’s public good. They can …

Three interviewers: Part One

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WERE THREE INTERVIEWERS.  One was a Counsellor, one was a Journalist and the other was an Oral Historian. And there was an Interviewee who had recently experienced a career change. The Interviewee was asked by each interviewer for an interview. Each interviewer promised to give him a good interview. They …

Managing Oral Histories in the Digital Age

MANAGING ORAL HISTORIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE IS A COMPLEX ISSUE MADE EASIER BY PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAILS.  American oral historian Professor Michael Frisch delivered the keynote address at the launch of The Australian Generations: Researching 20th Century Lives and Memories conference on 30 October 2014 in Melbourne saying that “life stories are everywhere in this digital …