Welcome to Oral History Victoria (OHV)

OHV is a state member of Oral History Australia (OHA) which began in 1978. OHV encourages a vibrant and informed oral history community, providing opportunities to learn, discuss, and contribute to this dynamic practice. President Alistair Thomson recently noted that our most important task is to create a lively calendar of events which will excite and engage novice oral historians while also offering cutting edge professional development for experienced oral historians. We invite you to become a member or renew your membership and participate in upcoming events. We look forward to having you with us.

What is Oral History?

Oral history is the recording of people’s memories of their unique life experiences.  The recording is a two-way process in which someone shares memories with an interviewer who has carefully planned the recording process and interview.  Oral history preserves  voices, accents and vocabularies of individuals interviewed.  It has an increasingly wide range of uses including historical and social research, family, institution and business histories, radio documentaries and museum displays.

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Dr Melissa Walsh and Elena Balcaite, OHV Symposium, June 2016

Latest News

2017 Making Public Histories seminar series

This seminar series, now in its tenth year and offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building, explores issues and approaches in making public histories and is open, free of charge, to anyone...

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OHAC Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

The Oral History Australia 2017 Conference Committee has extended the call for papers deadline to 28 February 2017. The Committee is hoping to see a bigger response from members of each state over the next month. If you are interested in presenting your work, please...

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