Developing your oral history skills (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, a maximum of two people 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 - 9.45
Welcome and Introductions
9.45 - 11.00
Overview of oral history project from each participant, including a strength and a weakness
11.00 - 11.30
11.30 - 13.00
Reflection and discussion of issues arising in oral history extracts provided by participants
13.00 - 13.15
Evaluation of the day

Day 2

9.30 - 11.00
Reflection and discussion of issues arising in oral history extracts provided by participants
11.00 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.45
Scenarios: the tutors present a number of problematic scenarios to be discussed in small groups
12.45 - 13.15
Evaluation of the day and Q & A
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07 - 08 Apr 2022


9:30 am - 1:15 pm


Zoom call Time zone: London, United Kingdom GB


Camille Johnston

Oral History Training Administrator


  • Michelle Winslow
  • Rib Davis
    Rib Davis

    The tutor, Rib Davis, is an OHS/NLS-BL accredited trainer and over the past thirty years has been interviewer/writer/director for many oral history-based plays and radio drama productions. This course is organised jointly by National Life Stories at the British Library and the Oral History Society.

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