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.
Dr Melissa Walsh and Elena Balcaite, OHV Symposium, June 2016
Australian Lives: An Intimate History illuminates Australian life across the 20th and into the 21st century: how Australian people have been shaped by the forces and expectations of contemporary history and how, in turn, they have made their lives and created...read more
At this year’s AGM, after serving in the role for the past three years, Alistair Thomson stood down as OHV President, as constitutionally required. In his outgoing report, Al acknowledged the contributions of fellow committee members, as he has generously done each...read more