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

IOHA – 2020 Singapore conference deferred

The International Oral History Association (IOHA) Biennial Conference, scheduled to be held in Singapore 22-26 June 2020, has been postponed until 2021 due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19). In a short statement the IOHA said it was postponing the conference...

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NLA – Applications open for grants & fellowships

Applications are now open for the National Library's 2020 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program and its 2021 fellowships program. Community Heritage Grants program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums,...

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