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

Remembering Michele Langfield

Michele and I became colleagues when Deakin University merged with Victoria College in 1991. She was based on the Toorak Campus (since closed) and I commuted there regularly to teach, and we’d occasionally catch up. I was aware of her research interest in post-war...

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OHV Inaugural Group Exhibition – Members’ Showcase

We are planning our first group exhibition to be held for 4 weeks during November and December 2016, in partnership with The Good Room Social History, Documenting & Sound Gallery in Brunswick East. This is an open entry exhibition. An invitation is extended to all...

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