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DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND MUSEUMS NEWSLETTER 7 Northern Territory Archives Oral History Training Workshop On 8 December 2015, the Northern Territory Archives Service (NTAS) held an oral history training workshop at the Northern Territory Archives Centre, Millner. The training was focused on How to plan and conduct an oral history interview or project. The NTAS oral history collection consists of over 3 800 hours of oral history interviews that span Northern Territory history from the turn of the 20th century to today. Part of the oral history collection is donated from volunteer oral history projects completed in collaboration with NTAS, and have been negotiated between the project proponents and NTAS to enhance the oral history collection, in accordance with NTAS standards and conditions. The training workshops are designed to educate volunteer interviewers on these standards and conditions, while developing a greater understanding of chronological biographical narrative oral history interviews that make up the majority of the NTAS oral history collection. Dr Matthew Stephen, Manager, NTAS Oral History Unit, led the one day workshop. Participants came to the workshop with specific interviews or a general oral history project they wanted to conduct. The participants proposed interviews or projects with diverse subjects such as; Northern Territory cattlemen and women, Katherine community, members of the Stolen Generation and the Milingimbi church stained glass windows. Divided into two sessions, the first session examined the interview process; identifying the person to interview, gaining their approval to interview, informed consent, ethical oral history practice, arranging an interview and finalising an interview to accession it to the NTAS oral history collection. Dr. Matthew Stephen conducting the Oral History Training workshop. The second session considered the interview itself; the role of an interviewer, selecting questions, do you have a list of questions, the types of questions to ask, using themes to guide an interview, researching your interview subject, using recording equipment, time marked summaries, transcripts and ensuring the interviewee receives copies of their audio and documentation associated with their oral history interview. Feedback from the workshop participants was positive. People felt they had a better idea about planning interviews and projects, a greater confidence around the interviews themselves and the motivation to go out and get them done. NTAS can provide advice and loan recording equipment for approved oral history projects focused on the Northern Territory. Further oral history training workshops will be held in 2016. If you are interested in attending a training workshop please call NTAS on 8924 7677 or email ntac@ nt.gov.au. mailto:ntac%40nt.gov.au?subject= mailto:ntac%40nt.gov.au?subject=

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