Will the stories of your family live on?
Imagine having a permanent lively recording of your elder’s life stories. Something to hand down the generations. Something to mark a significant milestone such as a birthday or a wedding anniversary. An heirloom with so much to say.
I call these Heirloominations. I have always loved talking to people about their stories. I find it fascinating to interview people at the latter part of their lives because I’m curious to know what were their greatest challenges, and how did it all turn out? What was it like to live through history’s significant eras, like a depression, a war, when cars first hit the road, when man landed on the moon? Exactly how did you feed a family without a fridge or even electricity? What was it like to migrate and settle in a new land?
With a strong grounding in sensitive community practice, I have acquired a friendly relaxed listening style. I would love to have a part in recording your family heirloom. I am sure it is a great way to say to your elder that you care about them and that you value their experience.
Heirloomination is an opportunity to share your family’s stories in a significant way.
How do we create an Heirloomination?
Most importantly, it’s up to you. I can come to the elder’s home or somewhere they are comfortable. We can look over old photos and memorabilia over a cup of tea. I will gain some basic details beforehand to prepare for the interview, such as year and place of birth etc. We will agree beforehand on any ‘no-go’ areas, and interview length. Then I can present you with the interview in your preferred format. I would suggest just an audio interview as most people feel uncomfortable being videoed. But if your elder doesn’t mind we can create a video too. You are free to make as many copies as you like to share with family and friends. If you would like, the audio can be montaged with old photos into a slide show. You can do that yourself or I am happy to do that too.
How much does an Heirloomination cost?
My basic rate is $60 an hour which includes preparation time, interview time and any travelling over 30mins to the interview site. So a standard audio Heirloomination presented on a CD would cost approximately $175 (plus a cup of tea) where the interview site is no more than 30mins from Wynnum and the interview lasts 90mins.
How do I arrange an Heirloomination?
The most important thing is to give yourself plenty of preparation time. If you are doing this to mark a special occasion, allow a couple of months. You will want to find any old photos and memorabilia. I will also want to spend time researching the relevant history according to your elder’s year of birth and areas lived in. Please feel free to give me a call to talk it over. My phone is 0413 931 870.
Until we meet some sunny day (don’t know where, don’t know when)
Tamara Playne (B. Communication and Grad Dip Education)