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

April 2021 Rewind now available

The April 2021 issue of the OHV newsletter ‘Rewind’ is now available. Highlights include: new First Nations training for oral historians, coming soon award deadlines vale Bill Wilson 2021 OHA Biennial Conference. Current OHV members receive the the newsletter by email...

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Grants for 2021 OHA Biennial Conference

Oral History Victoria (OHV) is pleased to announce it is offering four grants of up to $750 each to encourage presentations at the upcoming Oral History Australia Biennial Conference to be held in Launceston Tasmania from 14 to 17 October 2021. We want to encourage...

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