Schools and Young People


The Schools and Young People Group was initially set up to promote the understanding and development of oral history in schools, both secondary and primary. Its work and remit will not be confined to schools, but will encompass all young people. It will also serve the following purposes

  • To enable an appreciation and enthusiasm for oral history among teaching staff and educators of school-age young people
  • To dispel misunderstandings about oral history among teaching staff and other educators of school-age young people
  • To demonstrate the value of oral history in education across the curriculum: in making links with older people in the community; in offering an appealing way to to acquire knowledge of the past and a sense of chronology; in demonstrating different – and sometimes conflicting – interpretations of events; in encouraging those who find writing difficult but have oral and listening skills; and in providing compelling material to inspire written work and a wide variety of projects.
  • To embed oral history into both primary and secondary schools and the National Curriculum
  • To impart oral history skills both to educators and young people with an emphasis on the process as well as on the product
  • To provide resources (including on-line) for teachers and other educators
  • To produce a directory of oral history projects involving young people detailing case studies
  • To monitor (and contribute to) the development of the history curriculum

In September 2017, a one-day event was held at the British Library. Participants include both oral historians with extensive experience of using oral history in schools as well as teachers from both primary and secondary schools who had used oral history or its derivatives within their teaching practice. Subsequent to this a set of resources have been developed to support teachers and those working with young people on oral history projects. These resources are available here.

The group has already attracted the attention of key organisations and individuals. However, it would welcome the involvement of others who are interested. If you are interested, please contact the Group’s convener,  Kate Melvin at