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

OHV Awards Shortlist Announced

Organisers of the 2021 Oral History Award, awarded jointly by Oral History Victoria, the Royal Historical Society and Public Records Office Victoria, have announced the shortlisted nominees. COVID Kids Oral History Project - Way Back When Consulting Historians. End of...

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OHV Annual Symposium Report

By Alice Garner On Sunday 20 June, we held our annual symposium, ‘Plan or Perish: Ensuring the survival of community oral histories’. Uncertainty due to changing CoVID-19 restrictions meant that the event took place online. The aim of the symposium was to explore some...

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