About the Oral History Society

For more than thirty years the Oral History Society has played a leading role in the development of oral history, both in Britain and internationally.

It is dedicated to the collection and preservation of oral history, and to making this accessible to everyone.

It does this by:

  • Encouraging people of all ages to record their own and other people's life stories
  • Offering practical advice and support about all aspects of collecting, preserving and using oral histories
  • Raising standards in oral history practices across a range of activities
  • Providing a voice for oral historians: advising and collaborating with national organisations, funders and research councils on oral history
  • Providing more than 600 training places each year
  • Providing information on how to get oral history work funded
  • Supporting over forty experienced oral historians as locally-based Regional Networkers - a point of contact for anyone interested in oral history
  • Facilitating individuals to share ideas, experience and good practice including organising meetings of members through interesting and engaging events
  • Publishing a twice-yearly journal
  • Maintaining a website featuring start-up advice, bibliographies, training, journal back-issue information, useful links, and job vacancies. Members may advertise for project volunteers on our volunteering page
  • Holding conferences and seminars, bringing together individuals and groups to share ideas, experience and good practice.
Find out how to join the Oral History Society here: Join Us. Find out how to get involved with the Oral History Society Committee and Regional Network: Regional Network