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Oral History Training Programme 2022

Would you like to learn about oral history, life stories and memory?  You can develop the skills of an oral historian through a seven-week training programme, ran by Kildare County Council Heritage Office. The training will be delivered by oral historian and author, Dr Tomás Mac Conmara over the winter of 2022 through a hybrid format, with both in person and online lectures.

The programme, funded by Creative Ireland and Kildare County Council, will explore the value of oral history, and underline the key skills and understanding required to undertake impactful oral history projects.  It will teach practical, experience-based methods, including interview preparation, research, ethics, consent, technical and interview skills.

The training will take place over six weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm, beginning on 27th September 2022.The first session will be held in person.

The pogramme will be run over consecutive weeks, with a further session to be convened following practical fieldwork experience.  Places are limited.  To register complete the form here:   

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Oral History - Definitions, historical background, use and criticisms 


In person

Ethics and informed consent in oral history collection



Research and preparation – Making the most of your interview



Technical Skills – Using the equipment


In person

Interview skills



Post Interview Work 


In person

Collective Workshop


In person


​‘As an oral historian, Tomás Mac Conmara is remarkably perceptive, persistent, and patient.  Ireland is lucky to have a champion operating in this field.’

  • Dervla Murphy, Travel Writer