Central to Many Hearts, One Voice are the stories of the war widows themselves. In conducting oral history interviews, I was privy to numerous stories of ordinary women who were thrust into extraordinary circumstances and yet faced those challenges with courage.
It is such a privilege to sit down with people and record their stories, particularly those whose lives would be otherwise absent from the historical record. And you don’t have to dig far before you discover that everybody has a story to tell.
In their book How to Write History that People want to Read, Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath write:
Oral histories of daily working lives, of routines and patterns of play and leisure, can reveal hidden histories. Many stories can only be learnt via oral histories. (p. 92)
Have you ever considered recording your life story, or would like to see the life of someone you love or admire recorded for future generations?
Or perhaps you have a research project with an oral history component you wish to outsource.
Alternatively, I can also teach you the skills that will enable you to conduct an interview or oral history yourself.
If you live in Western Australia, I would love to assist you. Please contact me for further information.