Oral History


I am an experienced oral history interviewer. Between 2011-2014 I led the NSW Government Printing Office Oral History Project as part of my PhD research, which resulted in the book Hot Metal: Material Culture and Tangible Labour.

In 2016 I initiated the Reshaping Australian Manufacturing oral history project (2017-2019) in partnership with the National Library of Australia.

My forthcoming DECRA fellowship will also involve undertaking a new set of oral history interviews in partnership with the National Library of Australia (2021-2024).

I have written a number of articles on oral history theory and practice, and I am currently in the process of developing a critical study of the oral history practice of writing ‘timed summaries’. My work has examined the role of photography in oral history, the dynamics of spatial memory, and the uses of oral history interviews for architectural history research. I am regularly involved in public forums and discussions regarding oral history methods and interpretation, with Oral History NSW, the Australian Centre for Public History and the UTS History Network.

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