Archival management of oral history collections (online course) – Fully booked – Waiting list only

Course Structure

This online training course is delivered over Zoom video call. Each course is run over two consecutive morning sessions, 9.30am – 1.15pm, with half hour breaks mid-morning. The programme for the course is as follows (please note this is a sample structure and may differ on the day).

Please note:

  • There will be no refunds for cancelled places.
  • Due to high demand and in order to ensure that each course has attendees with a variety of interests and backgrounds, only one person from any one institution may attend each course.
  • There are two methods of payment. You can pay online via PayPal, debit or credit card or you can make an offline payment where an invoice will be sent to your organisation. Please select the appropriate option in the booking form.

Hourly Schedule

First day

09:30 - 09:45
Welcome and Introductions
09:45 - 10:05
A brief history of oral history and archiving
10:05 - 11:00
Audio formats and digital preservation
– Identifying what you have (cassettes, reels, DAT, digital files) – Storage (analogue and digital): short-term and long-term – Funding suggestions for digital preservation
11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 13:00
Oral history archiving: legal and ethical issues
– Laws that affect oral histories (copyright, GDPR, FoI) – Ethics (informed consent, confidentiality, creative commons)
13:00 - 13:15
Review of the day and Q&A

Day 2

09:30 - 11:00
Recording equipment, cataloguing, workflows, documentation
– Equipment (recorders, microphones) and new technology – Oral history arrangement, accessioning and cataloguing – Documentation that needs to be collected alongside recordings (recording agreements, summaries)
11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:15
Working with partner projects: some models for engagement (Part I)
– Group work
12:15 - 12:45
Working with partner projects: some models for engagement (Part II)
– Models for acquiring oral history collections – Acting as archive partner for community groups/NLHF projects/academic partners – Working with vulnerable groups
12:45 - 13:05
Access and outreach
– Providing access (onsite and online) and promoting your oral history collections
13:05 - 13:15
Review of the day and Q&A
Sold out!


17 - 18 Nov 2021


9:30 am - 1:15 pm


Zoom call Time zone: London, United Kingdom GB


Camille Johnston

Oral History Training Administrator

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