Central Otago Heritage Trust’s Oral History Project collects memories  and personal commentaries to preserve and celebrate Central Otago’s rich heritage.

Our volunteer-based project has been collecting interviews since 2019.  More than 30 volunteers have completed the two-day training workshops on using internationally recognised standards and best practice to undertake the recording and abstraction of oral histories.

The project is managed by Joanna Leigh who is based at the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, in Alexandra. Joanna is available each Thursday and welcomes visitors to pop in to discuss any questions they may have in relation to the collection, potential oral history interviews or if they would like to join the project as a volunteer. For more information on the Central Otago Oral History Project,  please email  Joanna Leigh.

We now a range of interviews covering a diverse range of themes and topics that you are welcome to listen to.  Click on the button below to view the catalogue.

Volunteer Resources

You can find all the various documents you need for interviewing, as well as information and advice on how to use the Zoom H5 Recorder, abstracting, and training manuals for background information.

Additional useful information may be found on the NOHANZ Resources Page Resources&Documents – National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ)

Please email the Oral History Manager  Joanna Leigh if you have any questions or would like additional support.


Heritage Central Otago acknowledges the generous support from the following organisations.

Central Lakes Trust