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

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Membership renewal time

Thank you for your support of Oral History Victoria this past year.  The current membership year expires on 30 June and we invite all our members to renew for the next membership year - July 2018 to June 2019. Renewing Online Current members should have recently...

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April 2018 OHV member survey – Detailed results

Oral History Victoria conducted a member survey during April 2018 with the aim of better understanding our membership and its needs. Fifty-three members completed the survey. The findings suggest that the majority of our members are female, metropolitan based,...

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