The Oral History Society's Blog
Welcome to the Oral History Society’s blog. Here we share stories and updates from oral history projects all over the United Kingdom – from community projects to student research and museum curation. Whatever your involvement in oral history, we would like to hear from you.
If Homes Had Ears is a new, light-touch digital exploration of the spaces that define our homes. Launched by the British Library in the summer of 2020, the website uses oral histories and other gems from our sound archive to capture how people regarded their domestic spaces throughout the twentieth century.
“If I was in a real prison… say there are fifty prisoners in one room, you would at least make friends with five of them… But here, look at my situation. There is no one around.” Salih, Cardiff, 2020
Just before lockdown, Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive Wales embarked on Setting the Record Straight/Gwir Gofnod o Gyfnod – an oral history of Wales’ women politicians and their role during 20 years of Wales’ devolved Senedd.
The start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 abruptly changed the course of my oral history work. This blog post sets out how.
Dr Emma Peplow from the History of Parliament Trust discusses why they decided against remote oral history interviews during the Covid-19 Pandemic