Developing your oral history skills (online course)

This workshop is for oral historians looking to share experiences and discuss issues that can arise when recording oral history. Guided by the trainers you will reflect on interviewing practices and strengthen your oral history skills through listening sessions and feedback. Each workshop is led by two accredited trainers, with the course content adapted to suit the participants.

Participants are required to have recorded at least two oral history interviews prior to attending. The workshop isn’t suitable for newcomers to oral history, who are advised to begin with the Introduction to Oral History course.

Places are limited so please apply early.

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.

Pre-course activity

Participants are asked to spend a little time preparing for the workshop. Each participant is required to send a 5-10 minute clip from one of their interviews to the Training Administrator a week before the workshop. The clip should draw attention to a particular topic/issue which you would like to discuss with the group. If your chosen clip is not in English please also submit a translated transcript. Further instructions will be distributed with the booking confirmation.

Course schedule

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).

Hourly Schedule

Day 1

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

Book Event

Full fee ticket £145
Available Tickets: 6
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: or click 'Join the OHS' in the menu.

Available Tickets: 6
The OHS Member Ticket ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


17 - 18 Nov 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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