An Introduction:
Oral History in Palliative Care

This course is being delivered online.

This course, run by the School 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 day 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. If you are seeking to do this, support is available (NB funding required).
  • 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 emotional support

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


  • Day 1: Thursday 22 September 2022, 1pm – 4.45pm
  • Day 2: Friday 23 September 2022, 1pm – 4.45pm

Course Structure

First day: 1pm – 4.45pm

  • 13:00 – 13:15 Welcome and introductions
  • 13:15 – 14:30 What is oral history? Why offer oral history in palliative care?
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Break
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Understanding memory. Interview practicalities. Getting started: arranging interviews, question approaches
  • 16:00 – 16:45 Potential issues and challenges

Second day: 1pm – 4.45pm

  • 13:00 – 14:00 Recap and discussion. Recording equipment
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Practice interview
  • 14:30 – 15.00 Break
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Evaluation of practice interview. Potential issues and challenges revisited
  • 15:30 – 16:45 Documentation: summarising, transcription, copyright, ethics, archiving

Course prices

Full attendance fee: £135
OHS member fee: £100

How to Book

Places can be booked online via the Division of Nursing and Midwifery (University of Sheffield) website.

The following training dates are available:

Thursday 22 September – Friday 23 September 2022, 1pm – 4.45pm on both days

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.

If there are currently no dates found for courses please contact the training administrator if you would like to be notified of any future dates.

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.
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