Grace Bateman


Dr Grace Bateman (PhD Otago, History). Information about my thesis research is here:

Based in Dunedin.

I am available for research into a diverse variety of aspects of society and culture. Basically, you name it, I can do it. As a Xennial, I combine the best of Generation X and Millennial thinking and experience.

I have a wide range of experience in researching and writing many different topics using different methodologies, both as project lead, and as a research assistant.

Two examples of this diversity are my recent work as Assistant Research Fellow in Biochemistry, University of Otago, where I developed a database of literature assisting research into molecular biomarkers for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), and my current project, investigating the history of ice skating in New Zealand.

I have interdisciplinary expertise from many research projects, and from completing 4 degrees with 4 different majors (History, Geography, Psychology, Museums and Cultural Heritage).

While skilled in many methods of historical (and scientific) research, I am particularly passionate about using oral history. I am a highly experienced oral historian, having completed over 60 full-length oral history interviews over the past 16 years. I am a member of NOHANZ as well as PHANZA.

I’m also very good at using statistics in historical research, which appears to be a rare skill.

I have also:
-built several websites,
-digitised historical audio-visual material,
-produced many videos,
-proof-read many books/theses/articles,
-published book chapters and articles,
-developed databases,
-written biographies,
-spoken at many conferences and public events,
and lots more.

Particular areas/topics of expertise include researching histories of:
Social and Cultural history of 20th Century New Zealand,
Conscientious Objection,
Death, grieving and suicide


  • Archiving
  • Compiling bibliographies
  • Curatorial advice
  • Editing
  • Exhibition preparation
  • Indexing
  • Multimedia
  • Oral history
  • Photographic research
  • Proof-reading
  • Publication production
  • Records management
  • Research
  • Writing


  • Biography
  • Childhood
  • Environment
  • Health and medical
  • Heritage
  • Local
  • Material culture
  • Medical and health
  • Museums
  • Performing arts
  • Regional
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Urban and suburban
  • Women