What is the Oral History Society?

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

We have decades of experience in oral history methods, the best software and media, publishing oral history and navigating legal and ethical issues. 

Together with the British Library Sound Archive, we provide over 100 courses each year: for beginners, community groups and those wanting to develop their oral history skills.

Oral History is the oldest journal publishing articles and news from oral historians in the UK and around the world.

We hold an annual conference, on a different theme each year. There are other workshops and events which you can join also.

These are groups of  members wanting to network with others who share common interests. Currently there are six of them.

If you are looking for expert advice in your part of the UK, then search our regional network of advisors. 

Become a member

Members receive many additional benefits, such as discounts on conferences and training courses, a twice-yearly journal, online access to back issues, and access to an online discussion forum. We are a charity, run by volunteers. We can help you, but you can also help us.

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