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

Bye bye 2018

The year is almost over so it's time to wish our members and supporters all the best for the holiday season and the New Year. We hope you've enjoyed your experiences with us and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events in 2019. If you'd like find out more...

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Grants for OHA 2019 Conference

Oral History Victoria is pleased to announce that four grants of up to $750 each may be awarded to any member, and at least one student member presenting a paper at the 2019 Biennial Oral History Australia Conference, ‘Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories’, 10-13...

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