The History of Parliament Oral History Project

Posted on 24/04/2013 by


The History of Parliament is looking for Oral Historians with a good knowledge of British politics to act as volunteer interviewers for our Oral History project.

Since autumn 2011, The History of Parliament Trust has been working with the Oral History Society and The British Library on this project to record the reminiscences of former Members of Parliament. The project will create a sound archive of people involved in politics at national level, and ultimately at constituency level too, and will provide a unique record of post-2nd World War British political history. We have now interviewed more than 50 former Members. They include some of the most prominent of their day, as well as many more who spent all or most of their time on the backbenches. Our interviewers are all volunteers who have given very freely of their time and expertise. The interviews are archived by the British Library, through whom they can be accessed and used by anyone.

With around 900 living former Members of Parliament, there is a great deal yet to do. We need to recruit more interviewers, around the country, who are willing and able to do a number of lengthy interviews with political figures, plus the associated work of preparation and writing summaries of them afterwards. We ask our interviewers to attend a day’s training seminar, normally in London, and then we match them to our interviewees, usually on a geographical basis. More information about the project is available on the History’s website, at

To express your interest, please contact Paul Seaward (PSeaward AT by email, attaching a filled-in Expression of interest form, and a brief CV.