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

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Grant Auspice opportunities for OHV members

Want to apply for a grant but you're not eligible because you aren’t incorporated? OHV can help! Individuals and unincorporated groups, associations and cooperatives, are usually ineligible to receive government grants. A solution to this is to have an eligible...

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2017 Innovation Award Winners

At an Awards ceremony on 26 October the four shortlisted applicants presented their projects, all of which are fine examples of innovative projects that are working with memories to make histories with contemporary relevance. Here are the two winners and the two other...

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