Course: Archival management of oral history collections- 30 October 2015

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Archival management of oral history collections

Friday, 30 October 2015 at

British Library’s Centre for Conservation, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

This new course, run jointly by the British Library’s oral history department, the Oral History Society and the Archives and Records Association, is aimed at archivists and those working with archives and records in a variety of heritage settings. The day-course covers the practical, technical and ethical issues around the selection, collection and description of oral history and other recorded personal testimony and spoken word on multiple audio-visual formats. It also explores opportunities that oral history-based partnerships offer archives for community engagement.


10:00 – 10:30              A brief history of oral history and archiving

10:30 – 11:15              Formats and digital preservation

  • Identifying what you have (cassettes, reels, DAT, digital files)
  • Storage (analogue and digital): short-term and long-term
  • Funding suggestions for digital preservation

11:15 – 11:30              Coffee

11:30 – 13:00              Oral history archiving and ethics (including group work)

  • Laws that affect oral histories (copyright, DPA, FoI)
  • Ethics (informed consent, confidentiality, creative commons)
  • Providing access (onsite or online) without copyright/consent

13:00 – 14:00              Lunch

14:00 – 16:30              Oral history projects and archives: some models for engagement

  • Acting as archive partner for community groups/HLF projects/academic partners
  • Working with vulnerable groups
  • Equipment (recorders, microphones) and new technology
  • Documentation that needs to be collected and created alongside recordings (summaries, transcripts, catalogues)
  • Promoting your oral history collections

Fees (excludes lunch):

Full attendance fee: £115.00

Oral History Society or Archives and Records Association Members fee: £85.00

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