Tailored Training


A course tailored to the needs of your project group, and based on the Introduction to Oral History course programme, can be arranged. An OHS/British Library accredited trainer will work with you to assess your needs and agree a programme. He/she will then come to your premises or a venue you have booked. The basic cost is £450 for a full 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.

A tailored course can include all or some of the following topic areas:

  • What is oral history?: understanding memory
  • Getting started: aims and objectives, who to interview, question approaches, ethical issues
  • An introduction to audio recording equipment
  • Interview techniques: do’s and don’ts
  • After the interview: summarising, transcription, copyright, archiving

We are unable to offer half-day training sessions.  As with the Introduction to Oral History course the maximum number of attendees is twelve.

If you are designing your project training programme from scratch (for example as part of a funding application) we recommend that you budget for up to three days’ training, one of which might be a version of the introductory course (above), one a feedback day to discuss and assess initial interviews carried out by the group, and a third day to begin to evaluate and select interviews for project outcomes such as exhibitions and websites (though you might need to buy in additional training for the detailed design and technical delivery of these).

If you would like to explore this option please send the OHS training administrator the following details so that we can match your requirements with a member of the training team:

  • details of your project
  • the type of interviews you will be conducting – audio / video / both
  • the number in the group and a rough guide to their ages (i.e. will it be a cross-generational project?)
  • what you require from the course
  • possible dates (bearing in mind that we will require at least six weeks notice)

Please note: Oral History Society training is intended to support community organisations and local authority projects. We do not substitute for Higher Education teaching as we believe that oral history should be embedded in university curricula. The OHS has a Higher Education Group that is happy to support and advise on the development of oral history in HE. Please contact us for more information: j.harding@londonmet.ac.uk

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: m.winslow@sheffield.ac.uk