Map of LGBTQ Oral Histories launched


Oral history is one of the most exciting methods for recording, preserving, and celebrating the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people. For several decades numerous projects have sought to record the lives of our queer forbears. Many of these important collections, however, remain uncatalogued or held in in places unknown to most researchers. The map of LGBTQ Oral Histories is a crowd-sourced initiative sponsored by the OHS LGBTQ Special Interest Group and the Queer Beyond London research project that seeks to identify, locate and map these important collections so that students, researchers and community members may have fuller access to our past.

You can access the map here or use the interactive box below. 


Are you a PhD student using oral history?


Questionnaire for PhD Students using oral history


The OHS Higher Education group is exploring ways of supporting PhD students and their supervisors. As part of this process, we are conducting a survey to find out about students’ experiences of supervision. If you are using oral history in your doctoral research, please help us by filling out our questionnaire:

Are you using oral history in your PhD research?

At which University are you registered? (optional)

In which department are you based? (optional)

In which year of your doctoral studies are you? 1234+

How many supervisors do you have?

Does either your first or second supervisor have experience of using oral history in their own research?

Had you had any experience of using oral history before beginning your doctoral research?

Have you attended any courses or training on aspects of oral history? If yes, could you describe these, please?

Were they helpful or not? How?

If you have discussed your team of examiners with your supervisor(s), is it planned that one of these should be an oral historian?

How happy are you with the overall PhD supervision you have received so far?

How happy are you with the PhD supervision specifically related to oral history that you have received so far?

Is there anything that you found particularly helpful that you would recommend to other students and supervisors?

What, if anything, could be improved in the supervision you have received so far?

Is there any area of oral history research in which you would like to receive teaching/training?

Is there any else you would like to mention in relation to your PhD supervision?

Event: The Voice of the Artist. 10 December 2016

10th December 2016 9.45-6.00pm.

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

For more than twenty-five years, Artists’ Lives has been capturing the lives of artists through their own words. This unique project documents artists’ words, and the recollections of those surrounding them, in the context of their lives. Capturing social history as well as art history, each recording begins with the speaker’s childhood. Collectively the recordings are an extraordinary tapestry of corroborative and conflicting perspectives on the visual arts in Britain, spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

This one-day conference explores the importance, relevance and complications of the life story approach. In panels dedicated to speaking, listening and interpreting, The Voice of the Artist brings together artists, their interlocutors, experts in creating oral history archives, and users of the rich research material. By paying attention to speaking, listening and hearing, the role of oral history in shaping different approaches to writing the history of art will be discussed and contested.

Artists’ Lives is run by National Life Stories at the British Library in association with Tate. The Henry Moore Foundation, The Henry Moore Institute and the Yale Center for British Art have been closely involved with the project since its inception.

The conference coincides with the exhibition Artists’ Lives: Speaking of the Kasmin Gallery at Tate Britain, November 28 2016 – 2017.

At 6.30pm, on 9 December, at Tate Britain, Sir Nicholas Serota will be in conversation with Kasmin, chaired by Fiona MacCarthy.

This conference organised by the National Life Stories at the British Library, Tate, Henry Moore Institute and The Courtauld Institute of Art)

£16 general admission / £11 students and concessions

For more information and online booking (opening soon), please see the following link:

Contemporary Political History in a Digital Age

Following the very successful ‘Oral History and the Study of Contemporary Politics’ event at the British Library in November 2015, the third event in the ‘Rethinking Contemporary British History’ series is taking place on Thursday, February 11, 2016 – 1:30pm at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The event, hosted in partnership between the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historians, forms part of a wider programme of activity focused on early-career scholars on the theme of Rethinking Contemporary British Political History, which is funded by a British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Award held by Dr Helen McCarthy at Queen Mary University of London.

The transformation of politics in the era of the internet is a subject of endless debate and discussion, but what are its implications for political history and historians? How does the current ‘digital revolution’ compare to technological change in earlier periods, from the birth of radio and television to the arrival of the fax machine and photocopier? How are digital technologies changing the methodological and conceptual terrain of political history? And how should we preserve and analyse ‘born-digital’ sources, from central government emails to activist tweets? In short, if digital technologies have changed politics in our time, how are they changing political history?

This event will bring early-career and more established historians together with archivists, policymakers and digital specialists to consider these and other questions about the relationship between politics, digital technologies and the writing of history.

Further details can be found at the following link: