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

Latest News

Member survey results

We'd like to say a big thank you to the members who completed our recent survey. We really appreciate you taking the time to help us better understand your needs. We're busy interpreting the findings and working out how best to implement some of the...

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OHA Journal call for papers deadline extended

Deadlines for both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles for the 2018 issue of the Oral History Australia Journal have been extended to 30 June 2018. Find out more on the Oral History Australia website ....

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