Welcome

Oral history is the recording of people's memories, experiences and opinions. It is:

  • A living history of everyone's unique life experiences
  • An opportunity for those people who have been 'hidden from history' to have their voice heard
  • A rare chance to talk about and record history face-to-face
  • A source of new insights and perspectives that may challenge our view of the past.

The Oral History Society promotes the collection, preservation and use of recorded memories and plays a key role in facilitating and developing the use of oral history.

As a member of the Oral History Society you will be:

  • Joining a community of oral historians that are active locally and nationally
  • Entitled to take part at a reduced rate in a series of highly-rated training programmes
  • Able to learn and share experiences of best practice in oral history
  • Able to engage with current thinking about oral history
  • Invited to participate in lively conferences and seminars at discounted rates
  • Encouraged to engage with the development of oral history through the journal Oral History - free to members
  • Gain online access to back issues of Oral History
  • Through all these and other activities informing and shaping the future of oral history

You can find out about the OHS by clicking the 'About' button in the menu above, and read more about oral history at The making of oral history website.

For more information please contact the Secretary Rob Perks

Events

11th January 2015 to 5th July 2015

Our Good Fortune: Histories of Working Lives of the Chinese in Haringey - exhibition
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22nd July 2015 to 24th July 2015

'Performing the Archive' Conference. Galway. 22-24 July 2015
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13th June 2015 to 13th September 2015

Gurkha Stories - Summer Exhibition
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OHS Social Networks

Facebook link Twitter link Link to the Oral History Noticeboard

Volunteers Required

Latest Journal Issue

OHS Journal cover imageArticle extracts from the latest published issue of the OHS Journal can be viewed online by clicking this cover image.

OHS membership entitles you to receive both of the half-yearly issues, along with download access to OHS journals over two years old online from JSTOR.

News

Call for Participation: History From Elsewhere. London
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OHS calls for projects to sustain wages of oral historians
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A Google for Oral History Recordings
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Call for papers: Resources of hope: The place of hope in researching learning lives. Canterbury
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Call for papers: International Girl Studies Inaugural Conference. Norwich
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Call for papers: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries. Ottowa, Canada
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Call for papers: Speaking, Listening, Interpreting: the critical engagements of Oral History. Bengaluru, India
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Oral History Society AGM. Agenda and Annual Report 2014-2015
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Greater Manchester Sound Archive launched at Manchester Central Library
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Regional Networks

OHS Region map Northern Ireland Scotland North East Yorkshire North West Wales West Midlands East Midlands South West South East London East of England
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Networks and networkers

Forthcoming OHS Training Courses:

14th July 2015:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

22nd July 2015:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

20th August 2015:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

9th September 2015:
Lives in Focus: Recording oral history interviews on video Read more...

15th September 2015:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

16th October 2015:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

13th November 2015:
Developing your Oral History skills Read more...

17th November 2015:
Transcript to Script: Turning oral history into plays for stage and radio Read more...