Oral history in palliative care: An Introduction


This course is being delivered online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This course, run by the Division of Nursing and Midwifery (University of Sheffield) in association with the Oral History Society and National Life Stories at the British Library, aims to be an informal and practical introduction to oral history interviewing in a palliative care context. The course provides an introduction to the interview process, question techniques, sensitive and distressing interviewing, ethics, equipment and archiving, with an opportunity to discuss some of the issues around working with oral history, life stories and memory in palliative care.

The course is suitable for applicants who are:

  • Considering developing an oral history project as a service for people with life-limiting illnesses. The course will provide awareness of what’s involved rather than equip participants to start a project as a service for patients.
  • Or engaged in voluntary or employed work in a palliative care setting. In these circumstances there is an expectation that participants are working with organisations that have undertaken appropriate safeguarding checks and have the ability to offer support

Places are limited to eight per course so please apply early. No previous experience of oral history is required.


Thursday 28 January – Friday 29 January 2021

Course Structure

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):

First day: 9.30am – 1.15pm

  • 09:30 – 09:45 Welcome and introductions
  • 09:45 – 11:00 What is oral history? Why offer oral history in palliative care?
  • 11:00 – 11.30 Break
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Understanding memory. Interview practicalities. Getting started: arranging interviews, question approaches
  • 12:30 – 13:15 Potential issues

Second day: 9.30am – 1.15pm

  • 09:30 – 10:30 Recap and discussion. Recording equipment
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Practice interview
  • 11:00 – 11.30 Break
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Evaluation of practice interview
  • 12:00 – 13:15 Documentation: summarising, transcription, copyright, ethics archiving

Course prices

Full attendance fee: £130.00
OHS member fee: £98.00

How to Book

Please use this link to book a place on the course.

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