Introduction to Oral History (online course)
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).
- 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.
- 9.30 - 9.45
- Welcome and Introductions
- 9.45 - 11.00
- What is Oral History?
- Understanding memory
- 11.00 - 11.30
- 11.30 - 12.45
- Getting started
- Aims and objectives, who to interview, question approaches
- 12.45 - 13.15
- An introduction to recording equipment
- 9.30 - 10.30
- The Interviews: dos and don'ts
- 10.30 - 11.00
- Practice interview
- 11.00 - 11.30
- 11.30 - 12.00
- Evaluation of practice interview
- 12.00 - 13.15
- Summarising, transcription, copyright, archiving
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.