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

OHV Inaugural Group Exhibition – Members’ Showcase

We are planning our first group exhibition to be held for 4 weeks during November and December 2016, in partnership with The Good Room Social History, Documenting & Sound Gallery in Brunswick East. This is an open entry exhibition. An invitation is extended to all...

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Al Thomson reflects on OHV Symposium

I love so many things about oral history.  I love the fact that people from so many different contexts and backgrounds do it – community historians, workers in museums and cultural organisations, professional and freelance historians, advocacy workers and care...

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