We’re very excited to announce that we have just posted a video on YouTube showing presentations from the finalists in the 2020 Oral History Award, presented as part of the Victorian Community History Awards.

The award was jointly sponsored by Oral History Victoria (OHV), the Royal Historical Society and Public Records Office Victoria. The finalists made the presentations on 29 October 2020 in an event staged online with OHV’s Annual General Meeting. The three award finalists were: Cockatoo: Voices from the Past – Dot Griffin, Jan Shaw, Ruth South and Arthur Wintle, Cockatoo History and Heritage Group; Memories of the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force 1951-1977 – Jessica Ferrari, Memento Media; Out of the Madhouse: From Asylums to Caring Community?, Arcadia, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2020 – Sandy Jeffs and Margaret Leggatt. In their presentations the finalists provided overviews of their projects and told of the challenges and joys of conducting oral history.

And the winner  … Out of the Madhouse: From Asylums to Caring Community?