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 Australia journal – Call for papers

The first issue of the Oral History Australia journal under the new name Studies In Oral History will be based on the theme 'Oral history, place and environment'. Journal editors Skye Krichauff and Carla Pascoe Leahy announced the theme of the special 2021 issue while...

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July 2020 Rewind issue available

The July 2020 issue of the OHV newsletter ‘Rewind’ is now available. Highlights include: overview of our online event program annual symposium recording on new OHV You Tube channel new OHV membership system OHV web manager Jessica Ferrari talks oral history and...

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