Since my last post on the Australasian College of Dermatologist's Victorian Faculty 'Who are we now?' project we have conducted two Witness Seminars; published them both as eBooks; developed a third oral history story - 'The change in these years' Culture and community in Victorian dermatology; and built a website to showcase the Victorian Faculty's 'Who are we now?' oral history project - https://acdvicfaculty.wordpress.com.
Witness Seminars are oral history interviews with multiple people who have been 'witnesses' to a significant development, achievement or occasion. The first was for Fellows of the Faculty who began training with the College in the years after it was established in 1969. They continued the work of shaping and driving Victorian dermatology from their seniors, who had been interviewed individually in the first stage of this project. Witness Seminar 2 was for the next cohort of Fellows up to the mid 1990s.
So far one-third of the Victorian dermatological community have been involved in the 'Who are we now?' oral history project. The plan is to continue until all Victorian Fellows have had a chance to participate and explore the development and characteristics of this profession and its community, including asking how it will be shaped into the future by the most recent cohort of Fellows.
This project has been engaging for everyone involved and a fabulous opportunity to combine oral history with community history. Because of this I was so pleased when it was Highly Commended by Oral History Victoria in their Community Innovation Awards in October 2016!