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

Annual Symposium – 10 May CFP deadline

Symposium Date:16 June 2019. Symposium theme: Oral history interviewing: Old and new challenges The deadline for submissions to present at Oral History Victoria's annual symposium is fast approaching. Oral History Victoria invites proposals for presentations about the...

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Teaching Oral History: A Workshop to Train the Trainers

There's still places left for our train the trainers workshop on the 30th of March. Just as we need training when we embark on oral history, we need training to teach oral history. This workshop will prepare you to train novice oral historians in a range of contexts,...

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