Seminar cancelled due to industrial action

We are sorry to announce that the seminar due to take place on Thursday March 15 at the Institute of Historical Research has been cancelled because of the current university industrial action.

Verusca Calabria of Nottingham University was due to talk about her oral histories of people giving and receiving care in Nottingham mental health hospitals. The talk will be rescheduled for the beginning of next academic year.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Booking now open – 2018 OHS Annual Conference, Belfast.


Dangerous Oral Histories: risks, responsibilities and rewards


Date: Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2018

Venue: Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

This joint conference of the Oral History Society and the Oral History Network of Ireland addresses the ethical and legal implications of oral history research. It presents a timely opportunity to explore the many issues raised by challenging projects, such as: What is an acceptable level of risk for interviewees/interviewers in the oral history process? What are the new responsibilities of the oral historian in a digital age?  What are the rewards for initiating ‘dangerous’ oral history projects on ‘difficult’ topics, and when do the risks outweigh them?  

To download the conference programme and booking form please click here.

To book online please click here.

Working Together: recording and preserving the heritage of the workers’ co-operative movement (Manchester)


Organisation: The National Co-operative Archive
Address: Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS

Details of Volunteer Post:

Volunteer Duties: The Working Together project aims to identify and make accessible for the first time records from some of the major workers’ co-operatives of the 1970s-1990s, together with co-operative support organisations. An oral history element to the project will mean that recordings of the memories of some of those most involved in co-operatives during this period will be made and preserved for future use.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with providing full transcriptions of these oral history interviews. This will help ensure that the recordings are more accessible to researchers. Volunteers are also needed to assist with creating summaries for these oral history interviews. This will again will make the recordings more accessible and will form the basis of the catalogue entry for the interviews on the National Co-operative Archive catalogue.

Both the transcriptions and summaries will be uploaded with the oral history interviews to the National Co-operative Archive website.

Location: The volunteer duties are suitable for remote working. There is also an option for volunteers to complete this work at The National Co-operative Archive in Manchester.

Training Opportunities: Guidance will be provided by the project archivist in how to complete oral history transcriptions and summaries.

Expenses: N/A – remote working option

Closing Date of Project: September 2018

Contact. Philippa Lewis:

Marketing & Project Coordinator (London)


Launched in 2011, Historypin ( is a social enterprise that supports communities in sharing and exploring local history online and making connections in their neighbourhoods to increase local social capital. To date, 65,000 people 3,000 libraries, archives and museums have shared over 400,000 memories which are explored by people worldwide.

King’s Cross Story Palace aims to create a community-led history of the area over the past 100 years – through a programme of activities, public events, exhibitions and printed materials. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by Historypin in partnership with the Building Exploratory with 30+ local organisations, institutions and groups participating.

The Marketing & Project Coordinator will be based at the Historypin office and will support the work of the King’s Cross Story Palace project team. The person will be responsible for administration, event coordination, database management, communications and facilitating contact with the project team, local partners and volunteers.

Once the project ends in November, there is a strong possibility for this role to extend into marketing, events and sales coordination for Historypin overall. Specifically focusing on our storytelling methodology and product, Storybox.

About Historypin:

Post Location: London
Post Duration: 8 months (with a strong possibility of extension)(months)
Post Hours: 35 per week
Salary:£24,000 – £26,000 (pro rata)£per anum pro rata

To apply please email a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the role against the Person Specification to

Applications due: 19 March, 9:00am with interviews on the 26/27 March