Plan the Oral History Project
People tend to under estimate how long an oral history project will take. Typically it will take from 3 to 12 months to carry out depending on the number of persons to be interviewed.
The process initially requires several meetings with the client to define the nature, scope, scale and requirements of the project and often considerable background research must be undertaken to gain an appreciation of the context of the subject person being interviewed.
Once the background research has been completed interviews are carried out using high-quality digital equipment. Interviews typically require two hours per session and a number of sessions may be required depending on the complexity of the subject matter.
Once the interviews have been completed, the sound recordings are copied as digital files. The recording is then transcribed verbatim from the spoken word into the written form and checked against the sound recording to ensure accuracy. The transcript is then edited and the document validated with the subject person.