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

Early bird rate extended

The early bird rate for attending the 2019 OHA Biennial Conference has been extended for two weeks. Book before 15 August 2019 to get the early bird rate and to secure your place in events with limited capacity. Please note that registration for the full two days of...

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OHV workshop bookings now open

Bookings are now open for our next round of workshops. Introductory workshop On Saturday 24 August 2019 we will be holding our latest introductory workshop for those who are new to oral history or want to update their basic oral history skills. Professional historian...

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