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Introduction to Oral History


The Oral History Centre provides an Introduction to Oral History workshop series two times per year (or more!), normally in September and January. 


This series provides an overview of the underlying principles of oral history and the practical aspects of undertaking an oral history project. In these workshops you can learn how to: design an oral history project, budget enough time for your project, methods of interviewing, technical skills needed to make quality audio recordings, and how to create complementary text documents that will ensure your project is organized, archivable, and useful to future researchers.


The sessions in this series are held one evening per week over a three week period, or occasionally combined into a single, day-long session. The session include:


1)      Introduction to Oral History: overview of oral history method including planning your oral history project, budgeting time and money, preparing to interview, and interviewing.

2)      Digital Audio Recording:  how to create high quality digital audio recordings including preferred file formats, microphones and placement and how and where to set up your recorder.

3)      After the Interview: Post processing for archiving and future access, including: organizing your project, transcribing, other useful documents, and software and hardware tools that can help.


Completion of the Introduction to Oral History workshop series is required for Oral History Centre Membership. A one-year OHC Membership is included with the workshop fee. 


$150.00+ GST for Individuals 

$100.00+ GST for Students and UWinnipeg faculty and staff. 


The Oral History Centre offers bursaries, and can arrange payment plans for the Introduction to Oral History workshop series fee. If you would like to make payment arrangements, or apply for a bursary, please contact us


The Oral History Centre also offers specialized training for project groups and small organizations, which you can arrange in consultation with OHC Staff. We will work with you to create a program that will meet your group’s needs.


Workshops and OHC Memberships for groups are normally coordinated by a project leader or coordinator and can include between 5 and 12 participants. Rates for group members vary in accordance with the size and capacity of your team or organization and workshop length and content, and can be agreed upon in consultation with the OHC Associate Director. 


Read participant comments on the Introduction to Oral History series below!




How to Digitize Audio Cassettes


Sitting on a pile of old cassettes, reel-to-reels, or other analog media? Wondering how to transfer your interview with a loved one from a cassette to a computer?  This Oral History Centre workshop shows you how to turn your cassettes into high quality digital audio files. You will learn what equipment and software you need, how to set it up, and how to use it to ensure high quality conversion and preservation of your cherished oral history interviews. You will learn how to identify audio quality and describe the material and content of your analog media to ensure it is easily accessed in the future. Once you know how to digitize audio you can use your recordings for creative audio such as podcasts, digital stories, and presentations.


Workshop Fee: $60.00+ GST (less 20% for current OHC Members) 


For more information, or to be put on a waiting list for the next time we offer this workshop,  contact us.




Audio Editing with Audacity


If you would like to edit audio but don’t know where to begin this workshop is for you! Useful for anyone who has creative audio ambitions and limited skills, this workshop covers the very basics. With step-by-step instruction, we will work through the steps of importing files, reducing noise, and arranging vocal and musical elements. By the end of the class you will have created a short audio composition.


Participants who prefer to bring their own computers should download the free, open-source audio editing software Audacity® before the workshop (via: ).


A limited number of OHC Windows laptops are reserved for use during this workshop.


Workshop Fee: $60.00 + GST (less 20% for current OHC Members)




Field Recording


This OHC advanced workshop is for adventurers who want to record interviews outside of the controlled studio environment. It provides an overview of field recording concepts, equipment and techniques. You will learn how to listen to outdoor soundscapes before you record and tips for coping with adverse conditions. After this workshop you will know how to go about recording sounds and voices outdoors that will be high quality, and usable in your audio/video storytelling projects.  


This workshop is ideal for those who have attended the Digital Audio Recording session of the Introduction to Oral History workshop series or have equivalent experience. Participants should know how to use a digital audio recorder, and how to read levels. This workshop includes an outdoor component and is subject to postponement if there is rain/snow.


This workshop is limited to six participants. 


Workshop Fee: $60.00 + GST (less 20% for current OHC Members)




January 2017 marked the three year anniversary of the launch of the Introduction to Oral History workshop series. Open to all who are interested in oral history, it has been attended by oral history enthusiasts, members of the general public, researchers, educators, professionals and students. Those who have attended the sessions have offered many positive comments about their experiences, and we have used their suggestions to continue improving our workshops.

“It was great!! [I liked] the materials to support engagement in a successful project, the listening exercise and the practice session for interviewing - very good opportunity to try it out. Thank you, great session!”


“I found the practical advice (what to do if someone becomes emotional, how to explain the process to the interviewee, etc.) to be very helpful. I also appreciated the discussion and the sharing of personal experiences.”


“The right balance of theory info and practice. The ability to try and use the equipment was very important, and [the presenter’s] sense of humor was a nice touch. […] I will need to use [the handout] for it to stick, the glossary of terms with pictures was valuable in the handout.”


“This gave me a great intro – more than met my expectations."