OHV Awards

This year the OHV judges have shortlisted four wonderful entries. Each of the shortlisted entries is Highly Commended for innovation in creating and using oral history. These are fine examples of projects that are working with memories to make histories with contemporary relevance.

There will be presentations about each of the shortlisted projects at an Awards Ceremony on Thursday 26 October 2017, at the Royal Historical Society Victoria building (239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne, opposite Flagstaff station, entrance on William St). The event will begin with drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm, with presentations at 6pm and the award announcements at 6.30pm. The Awards Ceremony will be followed by the OHV AGM (all welcome).
Details on our Event page.

The shortlisted nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

Stephanie Arnold (freelance cellist, in collaboration with Dr Robert Davidson, and interviewees), Across the Water

Across the Water is a distinctive and original oral history production that combines refugee oral history interviews with classical cello, using speech melody to compose a piece of music based on the sound, mood and content of each interview. Stephanie’s performance is striking and provocative, and her reflections on the process and effects of combining music and interview audio are insightful and challenging.

Fitzroy History Society, The Life and Times of Fitzroy from 1960s

The Fitzroy History Society has drawn upon extensive local contacts and collaborations to generate a series of impressive oral history interviews about the past half century of life and times in Fitzroy, with a particular emphasis on local involvement in urban development issues. Unusually for a community project, the online archive makes the full audio and transcript of each interview fully accessible, and each online interview is complemented by superb personal photography.

Martin Richardson, Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre, Paynesville Memories

This participatory community project in the Gippsland coastal town of Paynesville makes highly effective use of a Facebook campaign and local fundraising and draws on the skills of a professional historian to generate invaluable interviews and photographs about the town’s twentieth century history. An active Facebook site ensures ongoing comment and participation by a wide range of present and former Paynesville residents and visitors.

Way Back When Consulting Historians, History Detectives: Mornington Peninsula Oral History Intergenerational Project

History Detectives is an exemplary collaboration between professional historians and schools on the Mornington Peninsula. Project members trained primary school students to conduct interviews with local older people, and produced four engaging short films about schooling based on the interviews, as well as a filmed guide to oral history in schools for teachers. The pleasure and excitement evident in the films attests to the quality of this intergenerational collaboration.

Past winners

Please click the links below for information about past winners and shortlisted entries.