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

Oral History Victoria’s renewable energy strategy

We run on person power and it’s time to call for nominations to the OHV committee for 2018-2019. A likeable group of a dozen or so, the committee meets every 8 weeks for a couple of hours in the Melbourne CBD. At meetings we discuss and plan how to further oral...

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Our annual symposium – special journal issue

Our annual Oral History Victoria Symposium, held on 29 July 2018, has inspired a special edition of the Oral History Australia (OHA) journal. OHA Journal editor Dr Sue Anderson recently announced that the 2019 issue of the journal would be dedicated to the same theme...

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