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

26th March 2014 to 30th April 2014

Voices of the First World War: helping arts practitioners to discover inspiring collections and to make creative use of them
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6th May 2014

Beyond tradition?: Non-traditional marriage, partnerships and the family in Scotland, past and present
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8th May 2014 to 10th May 2014

Oral History Spring School
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17th May 2014

Oral Labour Histories: Britain at Work 1945-95
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16th May 2014 to 17th May 2014

British and Irish Sound Archives - BISA 2014 Dublin - Registration Now Open
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10th June 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: New Research on Memory in Eastern Europe
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23rd January 2014 to 26th June 2014

Seminar programme. OHS / IHR. Free and open to all.
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26th June 2014 to 27th June 2014

Social History Curators Group Annual Conference 2014 - Deep Impact
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26th June 2014 to 27th June 2014

Conference. Reminiscence in Dementia Care
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27th June 2014 to 28th June 2014

Association of Business Historians Annual conference
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OHS Social Networks

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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

Second Call for Papers: Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict
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Women's History Network - Community History Prize
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Keynote Speaker announcement - Simon Elmes at the 2014 OHS conference
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NOW BOOKING. Oral History Spring School.
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NOW BOOKING. OHS conference 2014 - Community Voices. Manchester 18-19 July
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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:

23rd April 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

7th May 2014:
Transcript to Script: Turning oral history into plays for stage and radio Read more...

9th May 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

14th May 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

18th June 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

16th July 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

30th July 2014:
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17th September 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

22nd October 2014:
An Introduction to Oral History Read more...

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

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

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