Introduction to Data Protection Legislation (GDPR) for Oral Historians

This workshop is run by the British Library’s oral history department and the Oral History Society. Following significant recent changes in data protection law, this workshop will explore the impact of these changes on oral historians, including some sample scenarios. The course is aimed at interviewers, archivists, and project managers who are recording and collecting recorded testimonies and narrative data for the purpose of archiving and public access/reuse.

For guidance on data protection for oral historians and organisations holding oral history interviews see the Oral History Society advice pages.

The UK Data Protection Act came into effect on 25 May 2018 and applies to any organisation, individual or group which collects personal data. It embraces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and has been unchanged by the UK’s departure from the European Union. This applies to oral history projects, charities, community organisations, youth groups, libraries, museums, archives, educational organisations, and individual researchers whether salaried, self-employed or voluntary.

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 book to 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 Structure

This online training workshop is delivered over Zoom video call. The programme is as follows (please note this is a sample structure and may differ on the day).

Hourly Schedule

09:45 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:00
Introduction to GDPR
11:00 - 11:20
11:20 - 12:15
Practical group session
12:15 - 13:00
Key steps for GDPR compliance
13:00 - 13:15
Quick-fire scenarios: The answers
13:15 - 13:30

Book Event

Full fee ticket £30
Available Tickets: 13
The Full fee ticket ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
OHS/ARA Member Ticket £20

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Available Tickets: 13
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20 Sep 2022


9:45 am - 1:30 pm


Zoom call Time zone: London, United Kingdom GB


Camille Johnston

Oral History Training Administrator



  • Camille Johnston
  • Mary Stewart
  • Rob Perks
    Rob Perks
    BL/OHS Trainer; OHS Secretary; Lead Curator Oral History British Library

    I first discovered oral history when I was studying for a doctorate in political history, since when I helped establish the Bradford Heritage Recording Project in the early 1980s, working as a museum curator, before a period in television. Since 1988 I have been Lead Curator of Oral History at the British Library, and Director of National Life Stories since 1996, heading a team of interviewers, archivists and transcribers involved in oral history collecting and fieldwork in a variety of sectors: from arts and crafts to business and finance, from the utilities to science, from architecture to publishing. I’ve been Secretary of the Oral History Society and an editor of Oral History Journal since the later 1980s. I’ve acted as an advisor to a range of oral history organisations around the world, including the National Lottery Heritage Fund (HLF) and BBC Radio in the UK, and projects in Canada, Greece, India, Australia, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, China and Ireland. In 2007 I was awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of Huddersfield. My publications include The Oral History Reader (Routledge, third edition 2015, with Al Thomson). I’m currently busy with ‘Unlocking Our Sound Heritage’, an ambitious five-year £18.8m project to digitally preserve 100,000 of the nation’s most rare and vulnerable sound recordings, both at the British Library and around the UK, working with a consortium partnership network of ten regional audio preservation centres.

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