Designing and planning your oral history project (online course)

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

9.30 - 10.00
Welcome and Introductions
• Why are you here? What is the point of project management? • Understanding your oral history project • Aims and objectives: who is your audience? • Research/background: finding other sources, avoiding duplication • Scope and scale • What else might you like to collect at the same time • Preparing for archiving • Project outputs
9.45 - 11.00
Project rationale and focus
Understanding memory
11.00 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.45
• Staffing: paid staff, volunteers and how to support them, training • Project partners: different roles, archive arrangements • Governance: management and advisory committees • Interviewees: finding them, selecting them, sharing project information • Handing over to your Project Manager • Working with your institution
12.45 - 13.15
Evaluation of the day and Q&A

Day 2

9.30 - 11.00
Risk assessment
• What are the risks that oral history projects face and how can they be mitigated? Practical group work and discussion
11.00 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.15
Technical requirements
• Recording equipment • File sharing workflow • Data storage and back-up • Documentation workflow • Audio editing and outputs
12.15 - 13.00
• Budget planning: practical session • Evaluation and targets • Sharing your ideas on funding sources
13.00 - 13.15
Evaluation of the day and Q&A

Book Event

Full fee ticket £145
Available Tickets: 3
The Full fee ticket ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
OHS Member Ticket £103

By joining the Oral History Society today you will benefit from a reduced course fee as well as OHS membership. Membership starts at just £33 per year. For more information please follow this link: Join Us

Available Tickets: 3
The OHS Member Ticket ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


30 - 31 Mar 2022


9:30 am - 1:15 pm


Zoom call Time zone: London, United Kingdom GB


Camille Johnston

Oral History Training Administrator



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