Oral History Methodology

Maximum number of participants: 25
Registration Fee: SGD 133.75 per participant (inclusive of 7% GST)
Registration closes on 20 December 2018. For information on payment, view the registration form on the Registration Details page.

Date:     24th and 25th June 2019
Time:   9.00am – 5.00pm

Venue: National Library Board (NLB) Building
Multi-Purpose Room, Basement 1
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064

Target Audience

Those who are keen to know how to start and manage an oral history project at a personal or institutional level. Individuals who want to learn how to conduct an oral history interview.

About the Workshop

This two-day workshop provides a theoretical and practical foundation to conducting oral history. It explains the oft-used but misunderstood term “oral history” and explains the reasons why it has grown to become an important methodology from the second half of the 20th century. It provides a practical guide to designing an oral history project, interview techniques, use of equipment, documentation, preservation, transcribing and editing. There will be a hands-on session on drafting interview outlines and the conduct of a “live” mock interview where participants can apply what they have learnt in the workshop.

About the Trainers

Dr. Lye Soo Choon is a senior oral history specialist with the Oral History Centre of National Archives of Singapore (NAS). She has more than 10 years of professional experience in conducting interviews and specialises in themes such as community histories, education, Japanese occupation, Chinese literary scene, Chinese clan associations, and the performing and visual arts. She has conducted talks and workshops on oral history methodology for institutions of higher learning, schools, government agencies, grassroots organisations and overseas archives. She represented the NAS in training the Tianjin Archives, Wuxi Archives, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Archives, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Archives and Yunnan Provincial Archives, to kick start their oral history programmes. She is the consultant for Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated’s “Cherita Lebuh Chulia” and “Cherita Georgetown” oral history projects. She is the Honorary Consultant of Cui Yongyuan Centre
for Oral History, Beijing, China.

 

Mark Wong has been working at the Oral History Centre of National Archives of Singapore (NAS), as an oral history specialist since the end of 2009. He has conducted oral history interviews on topics such as the Japanese occupation, education, and the performing arts. He has trained schools and other groups on oral history methodology. He has been involved in the research, writing, and management of NAS’s exhibitions and publications, including such titles as “The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew”, “Nanqiao Jigong: The Extraordinary Story of Nanyang Drivers and Mechanics Who Returned to China During the Sino-Japanese War” and “Law of the Land: Highlights of Singapore’s Constitutional Documents”, a permanent exhibition at National Gallery Singapore. He has presented at the annual conferences of the Oral History Society, Oral History Association (2016). He presently sits on the council of the International Oral History Association as the regional representative for Asia.

 

About the Oral History Centre

The Oral History Centre (OHC) was established in 1979. It is mandated to record, preserve and disseminate the history of Singapore through oral history methodology. This is done through the interviewing of individuals who have served prominently as leaders and innovators in their field of work, as well as individuals who were eyewitnesses or participants in historical events affecting Singapore. Interviews are made available for public consultation, subject to the agreement of interviewees. OHC also promotes the use of oral history through workshops, exhibitions and publications.