LGBTQ group announces conference


The OHS’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) special interest group is pleased to be programming the 15th annual LGBTQ History and Archives conference, hosted by the London Metropolitan Archives. The conference, called Talking Back! will take place on Saturday December 2 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The day will explore powerful histories expressed through oral recordings, ways of collecting and sharing heritage in community settings and how marginalised histories can be brought into sharp focus through effective oral history practice. The  conference costs £15 (£10 for concessions, including lunch. Please click here to book.

For more information please email or email the LGBTQ group here. 

The first six months of the LGBTQ group have been busy, with the SIG growing steadily both in terms of members and activity. February’s LGBTQ history month saw many group members touring the country to display their research, host talks and workshops and generally spread the world about LGBTQ oral history. 

That landscape is currently being mapped by the group and participation would be much appreciated to make this resource as comprehensive as possible. You can also keep up to date with the SIG via Facebook and Twitter

This guide is for people who record oral history interviews, and organisations and individuals who keep collections of oral history recordings in the four nations of the United Kingdom. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland comprise the UK and amongst them have three legal systems. However so far as the law is referred to in this document it is safe to assume that all come within the wider context of UK and European law. The Oral History Society promotes the use of oral history techniques to record the memories of those whose life stories would otherwise be lost to future generations, and encourages researchers and teachers to make use of oral history in their work.

It is essential that interviewees should have confidence and trust in interviewers, and that recordings should be available for research and other use within a legal and ethical framework which protects the interests of interviewees. The following information and guidelines are aimed at ensuring that these objectives are achieved.

Anyone involved with the creation and preservation of oral history interviews should take steps to safeguard their reputation for trustworthiness. This means ensuring that what they do is within the various UK and European laws that apply to oral history and that they have not been acting illegally. Oral historians generally speaking have a good reputation in this respect. This guidance is therefore offered as reassurance and advice to both interviewers and interviewees.

The Oral History Society believes that, while oral history work must comply with the law, legal requirements alone do not provide an adequate framework for good practice. No UK law was designed specifically to regulate oral history work; in fact no law even mentions it. Beyond legal considerations we have long held the view that oral historians should abide by a voluntary set of ethical guidelines.

For these reasons this guide covers responsibilities and obligations beyond legal requirements. Members of the Oral History Society, including those who are custodians, archivists and librarians, have agreed to abide by these guidelines.

The guidance reflects the workflow of a typical oral history interview. Much of the legal and technical detail is available not within the main guidance text but via hypertext links so that the key steps and terms can be understood and followed. There are also links to sample documents and resources.