Transcribing oral history workshop

/ September 9, 2019/ Workshop

Transcribing oral history workshop

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.

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
  • hints for improving the value of transcripts
  • useful software
  • is voice recognition software a reasonable substitute?
  • using oral history transcripts

Bookings essential. Please book online here.

Date: Friday 22 November 2019
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue:  Hetzel Room, Institute Building, State Library of South Australia (corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace)
Cost: $75 per person per day or $50 for concession*/pension/student/OHA member.  Morning tea will be provided. 

*Concession cards include cards issued to the unemployed or pensioners, but not the seniors card.

Payment is required in advance to secure your place:

Direct Credit banking details:
Bank: National Australia Bank (NAB)
BSB: 085436
Account No.: 129312048
Please add [your surname w/shop] in the reference field

Other payments please forward to:
The Treasurer
PO Box 3113
Unley SA 5061

Download the workshop flyer here.

Bookings essential. Please book online here.


During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to practise preparing short sections of transcript. Please therefore bring a laptop computer to type the transcript, or if you prefer, pencil and paper.

Workshop notes will be provided.


  • 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
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