Welcome to Oral History Victoria (OHV)

OHV is a state member of Oral History Australia (OHA) which began in 1978. OHV nurtures a vibrant and informed oral history community, providing opportunities to learn, discuss, and contribute to this dynamic practice. One of our most important tasks is maintaining a lively calendar of events that excites and engages novice oral historians while also offering cutting edge professional development for those who are experienced. We invite you to become a member or renew your membership and participate in upcoming events, and to consider contributing by being part of our committee. 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

Rewind – September 2018

As of September 2018 the Oral History Victoria newsletter 'Rewind' has a new electronic format. Distributed through the MailChimp platform, the new-look 'Rewind' newsletter brings together all the latest news from our website, Facebook page and beyond. You can view it...

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OHV Innovation Award ceremony and AGM

Members and friends of Oral History Victoria are invited to attend our presentation evening and AGM at the Royal Historical Society Building on the corner of A’Beckett St and Williams St (opposite Flagstaff station – enter via Williams St entrance) on the 25th of...

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