Tailored Training


Tailored courses are being delivered online during the Covid-19 pandemic.


A course tailored to the needs of your project group can be arranged. An OHS/British Library accredited trainer will work with you to assess your needs and agree a training programme. The basic cost is £450 per full day of training plus the trainer’s expenses, for a maximum of 12 participants.

During the Covid-19 pandemic we are running all training courses online, delivered to participants via Zoom video call. Each day of training is usually split into two half-day sessions – to make the experience easier for those working from home.

The first day of a tailored training course is often based on the Introduction to Oral History course programme. It might 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

If you’re 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, to take place at intervals throughout the project:

  1. The first day might be an introductory course (similar in style to the Introduction to Oral History course)
  2. The second could be a feedback day to discuss and assess initial interviews carried out by the group (similar to the Developing your Oral History Skills course)
  3. The third day could 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 technical design and delivery of these outcomes.

If you would like to explore this training 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?)
  • anything specific 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