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Oral History Training Workshop

 

The County Donegal Heritage Office, Cultural Services, Donegal County Council in association with the County Donegal Heritage Forum and The Heritage Council has organised a free oral history training workshop in the Events Centre, Central Library, Letterkenny on Saturday, May 27 as part of the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan.  The free, one-day workshop will be led by Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara, an oral historian from County Clare who was commissioned to undertake an audit of oral history recordings for County Donegal in 2016, and Dr. Arlene Crampsie, an historical geographer in the Department of Geography, University College Dublin and Chairperson of the Oral History Network of Ireland.

 

 

The training workshop will offer a basic introduction to all aspects of an oral history project from commissioning to disseminating and archiving.  It will introduce concepts of best practice in terms of ethical and legal considerations and provide participants with the key skills necessary to properly research, prepare for and conduct oral history interviews.  It will be an interactive workshop and participants will be invited to raise questions and concerns about their own projects.  “Oral history as a method of exploring our past enables a more personal and human story to unfold and leads us often to a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our history,” said Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara.  “There remain categories of our past which can only be truly understood by the documentation of our oral tradition and history.  The folklore and stories of local places and people are crucial to a more complete telling of our past.”

  

 

There are 30 places available on the Oral History Training Workshop and early booking is strongly recommended.  An outline of the workshop and a booking form is available on the County Donegal Heritage Office website at www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage and you can book a place by completing the booking form and returning it by post or e-mail to museum@donegalcoco.ie or by telephoning (074) 912 4613.

Oral History Training Workshop

 

The County Donegal Heritage Office, Cultural Services, Donegal County Council in association with the County Donegal Heritage Forum and The Heritage Council has organised a free oral history training workshop in the Events Centre, Central Library, Letterkenny on Saturday, May 27 as part of the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan.  The free, one-day workshop will be led by Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara, an oral historian from County Clare who was commissioned to undertake an audit of oral history recordings for County Donegal in 2016, and Dr. Arlene Crampsie, an historical geographer in the Department of Geography, University College Dublin and Chairperson of the Oral History Network of Ireland.

 

 

The training workshop will offer a basic introduction to all aspects of an oral history project from commissioning to disseminating and archiving.  It will introduce concepts of best practice in terms of ethical and legal considerations and provide participants with the key skills necessary to properly research, prepare for and conduct oral history interviews.  It will be an interactive workshop and participants will be invited to raise questions and concerns about their own projects.  “Oral history as a method of exploring our past enables a more personal and human story to unfold and leads us often to a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our history,” said Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara.  “There remain categories of our past which can only be truly understood by the documentation of our oral tradition and history.  The folklore and stories of local places and people are crucial to a more complete telling of our past.”

  

 

There are 30 places available on the Oral History Training Workshop and early booking is strongly recommended.  An outline of the workshop and a booking form is available on the County Donegal Heritage Office website at www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage and you can book a place by completing the booking form and returning it by post or e-mail to museum@donegalcoco.ie or by telephoning (074) 912 4613.

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