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

1st November 2014

Public History Discussion Group
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6th November 2014

Free OHS / IHR seminar. Paul Merchant - Scientists stories of their childhoods.
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17th November 2014 to 18th November 2014

Accounts of the Conflict: Digitally Archiving Stories for Peacebuilding
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21st November 2014

An Introduction to Oral History - Sheffield
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22nd November 2014

Oral History Professional Development Workshop
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4th September 2014 to 4th June 2015

OHS IHR seminar series. 2014-2015
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OHS Social Networks

Facebook link Twitter link Link to the Oral History Noticeboard

Vacancies

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

OHS conference 2015. Call for Papers. Oral Histories of Science, Technology and Medicine
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New December course date announced - Developing Your Oral History Skills
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New community history website - South Yorkshire Through Time
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Remembering London’s greatest archaeological discovery
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Pay guidance for freelance oral historians
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Call for Applications: Volunteer OHS Regional Networkers, London
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Last call for papers: Everyday Muslim Symposium
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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:

19th November 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

21st November 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

4th December 2014:
Transcript to Script: Turning oral history into plays for stage and radio Read more...

10th December 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

12th December 2014:
Developing your Oral History skills Read more...

28th January 2015:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

19th February 2015:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

12th March 2015:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

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