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Oral history: “The privilege of sharing intimate moments”

June 23, 2014 by


Linda Shopes is one of the keynote speakers at next month’s Oral History Society conference, Community voices: Oral history on the ground. Shopes  is a developmental editor and independent consultant in oral and public history in the United States and has more than three decades’ experience in oral history. She is a past president of […]

Oral History Association response to developments in Boston College case

May 7, 2014 by


The Oral History Association (USA)’s response to the arrest of Gerry Adams and the Boston Tapes:  

OHS & IHR Seminar Report: Paul Thompson on interviews with “elites”

November 8, 2012 by


The first Oral History Society and Institute of Historical Research seminar of the academic year took place on November 1st, led by Professor Paul Thompson of the University of Essex. Thompson, who was founding editor of the Oral History journal and founder of National Life Stories at the British Library, talked about his work interviewing […]

“If you are reading this, Mr Schama, please make oral history compulsory”

September 1, 2011 by


Here’s a great little blog post I spotted on the Hodder History Nest website by John D. Clare, in which he discusses the use of oral history in the secondary school classroom and makes a plea to Historian (and Government Advisor)  Simon Schama: Link to article here 

What can social media do for Oral History?

July 1, 2011 by


I recently came across this interesting blog post by Jim Richardson for Museum Next about oral history and social media, including a review of the work of StoryCorps (USA),  StoryVault and the British Library’s UK SoundMap. Whether you’re a “tweep” and not, it’s worth a read:

What Can “Oral History” Teach Us? by Steven High

May 31, 2011 by


I recently spotted this great piece What Can “Oral History” Teach Us? by Steven High, about oral history as an interdisciplinary craft, published by Active History in March 2011.  It’s a fairly short piece and definately worth a read. Prof. High is Canada Research Chair in Public History and Associate Professor of History at Concordia University and  co-director of the Centre for […]

“They had spent a lifetime smoothing out their narratives”: The Value of WWI Memories

May 17, 2011 by


I’ve just spotted an interesting and somewhat controversial article (followed by readers’ comments) about the ‘value’ of reminiscences and narratives of World War one Veterans on The Guardian website. Read the article here: