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

Women’s March on Melbourne

Many of you may have seen on social media that marches are being organized around the world in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington DC on Saturday 21st January 2017: https://www.womensmarch.com/ For those in Melbourne, the link for the Women's March on...

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Oral History Victoria Conference Grants – 2017

Oral History Victoria is pleased to announce that two grants of $500 each may be awarded to any member, and at least one student member, undertaking research based on, or concerning, oral history and presenting a paper at the 2017 Biennial Oral History Australia...

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