Oral History Association of Australia SA/NT

Oral History Australia is a non-profit body whose members practice and promote oral history.  The aims of Oral History Australia (OHA) are:

  • to promote the practice and methods of oral history
  • to educate in the use of oral history methods
  • to encourage discussions on all aspects of oral history
  • to foster the preservation of oral history records

The OHA South Australia/Northern Territory came to life just seven months after the national body was founded in Perth in July 1978.  There are associations in each state.

We provide advice and training relating to oral history projects.
Members are available for recording oral histories on a paid basis.

Evocative Arts and Heritage

Evocative Arts and Heritage offers a variety of services to assist museums, art galleries and heritage sites in the creation of dynamic and engaging exhibitions, site interpretation and educational resources for visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

My services include:

  • Significance assessment to identify multiple meanings of objects, significance for different groups in society, and the hidden stories that reflect culturally-diverse historical perspectives.
  • Research, interviewing and oral history recording.
  • Advice on cultural diversity and access issues.
  • Advice on management of culturally sensitive objects and archival materials such as Indigenous Australian secret sacred or ceremonial objects and religious objects from various faiths.
  • The development of exhibitions and interpretation strategies that are engaging for visitors of all ages using various interpretive strategies including age-related design and texts; experiential learning; interactive (hands-on) activities; visual thinking strategies; and novel approaches to label-writing.
  • The design of educational strategies and writing of resources for educational groups to enhance learning and use of collections on and off-site.
  • Visitor evaluation to inform exhibition development, interpretation and marketing
  • Policy development to enhance visitation and develop links with other sites in the area / community.

 

History from the Heart

Annie Payne

Personal historian and life story writer.

History from the Heart exists to help people turn their memories into unforgettable life stories.

My clients want more than a family tree with names and dates. They want to know the real stories of their grandparents and parents; why life changing decisions were taken and how the family survived the bad times as well as the good.  They do not want to have to do it in 20 or 30 years’ time when their children ask them about their grandparents’ lives and the family history.

I have been interviewing Australians about their life stories since 1988 and turning the manuscript into a beautiful, coloured bespoke book, lavishly illustrated with the narrator’s own photographs. These books become family heirlooms to pass on to future family generations.

Listening To The Past

Those of us lucky enough to do oral history interviews quickly learn that ‘ordinary’ people can lead extraordinary lives.

Sally is an experienced oral historian (both audio-only and video oral history) across most subject areas, but with particular interests in science (all areas), technology and industrial history, medicine, defence, environment and conservation, biography, education, local and urban history, and the arts.

Sally has extensive experience using oral history in interpretive projects (multimedia productions, brochures, books, signage, museum displays, websites, audio installations) and in a range of heritage and urban renewal projects.  Examples of her work are on her website.

Sally has been a member of Oral History Australia SA/NT since 2005, and Treasurer since 2011.  She regularly runs advanced workshops for Oral History Australia SA/NT and gives presentations on oral history and its uses.

Kevin Jones

I offer consultancy services focused on community museums and historical societies.

  • I provide significance assessments and advice on all aspects of museum management from developing collections to engaging audiences.
  • I produce exhibitions and tours, deliver historical research and write for publications, films, and digital platforms.
  • I can deliver completed projects including exhibitions, tours or films. Alternatively, I can work with your staff or volunteers and lead you through the process to help develop skills within your museum.

My clients include community archives and local museums as well as national organisations such as the CSIRO and the Commonwealth Office of the Arts.

My consultancy services are based on a career delivering outcomes in museums and I focus on advice with practical application.

I spent 25 years working in state and national museums. I was Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum and a foundation curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. I was President of the Australian Maritime Museums Council and led that association in providing support for regional museums.
I produced national and international touring exhibitions including a series of exhibitions that toured regional Australia. My exhibitions have been the centrepiece of events including the Olympic Arts Festival and have won national awards. I have been honoured with the Republic of France’s award Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) for services to the arts and cultural relations.

JamJar Life Stories

JamJar Life Stories provides a unique service, a personal biographer, to work with individuals, families, businesses and groups to record and preserve personal histories.

We start with an oral history recording, an interview that assists individuals to tell their story, in their own words and, importantly, in their own voice. These permanent memoirs will become a priceless heritage, a gift to current and future generations. The recordings provide the basis for writing biographies and book publishing, creating podcasts and documentaries and incorporating into displays and marketing media.

JamJar Life Stories works to ensure that the voices and stories of the important people in your world are recorded and preserved so they are never lost.

Independent Heritage Consultants

Independent Heritage Consultants (IHC) specialises in providing independent and practical heritage advice.

The IHC team is based in South Australia and is comprised of experienced consultants who have been successfully delivering heritage projects locally and interstate for over ten years.

IHC is focused on providing tailored, practical heritage advice to assist clients manage their heritage requirements.

Christeen Schoepf

Historical Archaeologist & Community Historian

I work and consult as an independent Historical Archaeologist, Community and Oral Historian, Genealogist and author using a multitude of cross disciplinary methodologies.

My expertise is in the field of Object Biography where history, genealogy, biography, prosopography and oral history are used to reveal the contexts and stories of objects and the people who made, used and discarded them.
I also facilitate oral history and genealogy workshops, create award winning exhibitions, and speak internationally on my work.

Susan Marsden: Historian

Highly-experienced history and heritage consultant on national, state and local projects, including writing short and long commissioned histories, carrying out heritage studies, curating exhibitions and oral history interviews. Past employers include History SA (when State Historian) and the National Trust (National Conservation Manager). Author/co-author of more than 30 publications (including websites) and responsible for recording more than 200 oral history interviews, including as an ongoing interviewer of the National Library of Australia, the State Library of South Australia and the City of Onkaparinga. Skills and services offered: research and writing of wide range of Australian History; oral history; exhibitions and collections assessments; project advice and management; heritage studies; public speaking, broadcasting, teaching and conferences.