An Introduction to Oral History

This self-contained day course, organised jointly by the National Life Stories at the British Library and the Oral History Society, aims to be an informal and practical introduction to oral history interviewing with an opportunity to handle recording equipment and discuss some of the issues around oral history, life stories and memory. Places are limited to twelve per day course and demand exceeds available places, so please apply early. No previous experience of oral history is required. Each course is led by one of the OHS/BL-accredited trainers.


The following OHS training dates are available:

15th September 2015 (This course is now fully booked)

The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB


14th October 2015 (This course is now fully booked)

The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB


16th October 2015

Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP


12th November 2015

The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB


2nd December 2015

The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB


Course Structure

The programme for each one-day course is as follows:

10.00-10.15 Welcome and introductions

10.15-11.15 What is oral history?: understanding memory

11.15-11.30 Coffee (provided)

11.30-1.00 Getting started: aims and objectives, who to interview, question approaches

1.00-2.00 Lunch (not provided)

2.00-2.30 Practical work: an introduction to recording equipment

2.30-3.30 The interview: do's and dont's

3.30-3.45 Tea (provided)

3.45-4.30 Practical work: interviewing

4.30-5.00 Evaluation of practical work

5.00-5.30 After the interview: summarising, transcription, copyright, archiving

Fees & Booking
(courses during 2015)

Full attendance fee:
= £115.00
OHS Member fee:
= £85.00
Concessionary fee:
= £65.00
Download 2015 booking form

Question about training opportunities with the OHS?

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