Evening course: Introduction to Oral History (8-week online course)

This new online evening course is organised by National Life Stories at the British Library and the Oral History Society. The training programme is based on the Introduction to Oral History course, which provides a practical overview of oral history interviewing with sessions on working with memory, recording technique, documentation and legal/ethical considerations. This evening course covers all these topics with additional sessions on interviewing style, in-person and online recording methods, audio editing and oral history project outputs.

The training takes place during Wednesday evening sessions spread across 8 weeks. There is a task to complete before each session, which will be explained as part of the training. All sessions are delivered by Zoom video call.

This course is led by OHS/NLS-BL accredited trainer Rib Davis.

No previous experience of oral history is required. If you have any questions about the course programme please contact the Training Administrator.

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.

Course schedule

Dates: Wednesday evening sessions from 5 October 2022 – 23 November 2022 (8 sessions in total)

Times: 6.45pm – 8.15pm (Timezone: London, UK)

The programme is as follows:

Hourly Schedule

Session 1: 5 October 2022

Task to complete before Session 1
Read a supplied article on the nature of oral history
18:45 - 19:00
Welcome and introductions
19:00 - 20:15
What is oral history? Understanding memory

Session 2: 12 October 2022

Task to complete before Session 2:
Read a supplied article on who to interview and why
18:45 - 20:15
Getting started: aims and objectives, who to interview, question/topic approaches

Session 3: 19 October 2022

Task to complete before Session 3
List what you think are the likely dos and don’ts for an interview
18:45 - 19:45
The interview: dos and don’ts
19:45 - 20:15
An introduction to in-person recording equipment

Session 4: 26 October 2022

Task to complete before Session 4
Conduct a short in-person recorded interview, and then listen to it
18:45 - 19:15
Discuss points arising from in-person interviews conducted since the last session
19:15 - 19:45
Practice interview
19:45 - 20:15
Evaluation of practice interview

Session 5: 2 November 2022

Task to complete before Session 5
Listen to supplied interview extracts
18:45 - 19:30
Discuss points arising from supplied interview extracts
19:30 - 20:15
An introduction to remote interviewing technologies

Session 6 : 9 November 2022

Task to complete before Session 6
Read the OHS legal and ethical advice
18:45 - 19:15
Demonstration interview
19:15 - 19:30
Review of demonstration interview
19:30 - 20:15
Documentation and legal and ethical considerations: the Participation Form, the Recording Agreement, copyright, libel/slander and GDPR

Session 7: 16 November 2022

Task to complete before Session 7
Conduct a short remote recorded interview, and then listen to it; download Audacity audio editing software
18:45 - 19:30
Discuss points arising from remote interviews conducted since the last session
19:30 - 20:15
An introduction to sound editing

Session 8: 23 November 2022

Task to complete before Session 8
Find a particularly impressive example of the presentation of oral history, for example on a website, podcast, as part of an exhibition or documentary
18:45 - 19:30
Transcribing, summarising and archiving oral history recordings
19:30 - 20:15
Exploring examples of oral history used in a variety of contexts

Book Event

Full fee ticket £235
Available Tickets: 6
The Full fee ticket ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
OHS Member Ticket £200

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: https://www.ohs.org.uk/membership-join/ 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.

Date

05 Oct 2022 - 23 Nov 2022

Time

6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Online

Location

Online
Zoom call Time zone: London, United Kingdom GB

Organizer

Camille Johnston
Email
Camille.Johnston@bl.uk

Oral History Training Administrator

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Speaker

  • 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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