Introduction to Oral History (in-person course)

This self-contained course, organised jointly by the National Life Stories at the British Library and the Oral History Society, aims to be an informal and practical introduction to oral history interviewing.

The training includes the opportunity discuss some of the issues around oral history, life stories and memory. You will also learn about recording equipment and how to document oral history recordings.

Each course is led by one of the BL/OHS-accredited trainers. Places are limited to 10 per online course and 12 per in-person course, and demand exceeds available places so please apply early. No previous experience of oral history is required.

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 schedule

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).

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

Book Event

Full fee ticket £135
Available Tickets: 9
The Full fee ticket ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
OHS Member Ticket £100

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: 9
The OHS Member Ticket ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


07 Oct 2022


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


The British Library
The British Library


Camille Johnston

Oral History Training Administrator



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