Oral History Society Training Courses


Update October 2020:

Oral History Society / NLS-BL oral history training courses are being delivered online over Zoom video call during the COVID-19 pandemic.


There are a number of courses currently available, organised jointly by National Life Stories at the British Library and the Oral History Society. Information about each can be found by clicking the appropriate link to the right or in the menu along the top of the page.

On each training course page, you will find a course programme, venue details, fee information and (if places are available) an option to book online.

Tailored courses

A course tailored to the needs of your project group and based on the ‘Introduction to Oral History’ course can be arranged.

As with the Introduction course the maximum number of attendees is twelve. An OHS/British Library accredited trainer comes to your premises or a venue you have booked. The basic cost is £450 per day plus the trainer’s expenses and we endeavour to find a trainer local to you so that costs can be kept to a minimum.

If you would like to explore this option please click this link.

Local workshops

The Oral History Society is keen to encourage its members (particularly Regional Networkers) to run events in their area, to help support oral history engagement at a local and regional level. There are a number of models for events that have been successfully run in the past, such as workshops, symposiums and networking days. If you are an OHS member and want to run a local event, please contact Sarah Lowry  and Mary Stewart with a brief outline of your proposed event to see what support the OHS may be able to offer.

Questions about training opportunities with the OHS?

For all questions relating to training, (including further clarification of course content and reduced rate eligibility), please contact our training administrator

Further training dates for new courses will be posted on this site as they are confirmed.

Question about training opportunities with the OHS?

For all questions relating to training (including further clarification of course content and reduced rate eligibility) please contact our training administrator.

Have you made an OHS training booking recently and not received a response?

We apologise if this has happened to you, we’ve had a glitch in the online system and may have missed some bookings. Please contact us if you’ve experienced a problem or not received a booking confirmation email within five working days: Michelle Winslow, Oral History Society Website Coordinator: