Introduction to Oral History (in-person course)

Course Structure

This in-person training course will take place at the British Library in London. 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

In-person course

10:00 - 10:15
Welcome and introductions
10:15 - 11:15
What is Oral History?
Understanding memory
11:15 - 11:30
Short break
11:30 - 13:00
Getting started
Aims and objectives, who to interview, question approaches
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch (not provided)
14:00 - 14:30
An introduction to choosing your recording equipment
14:30 - 15:30
The interview: dos and don'ts
15:30 - 15:45
Short break
15:45 - 16:15
Practice interview
16:15 - 16:45
Evaluation of practice interview
16:45 - 17:15
Summarising, transcription, copyright, archiving
17:15 - 17:30
Review of the day, Q&A and feedback
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24 May 2022


10:00 am - 5:30 pm
The British Library


The British Library
The British Library


Camille Johnston

Oral History Training Administrator



  • 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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