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.

If you are interested in working with oral history, you should join the only organisation in Britain and Northern Ireland that supports and debates such activities.

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.