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

Save the date: OHV Symposium 2017

Save the date! Oral History Victoria's 2017 Symposium is scheduled for Saturday 10th June and Sunday 11th June. More details to follow in the coming weeks. To read our President's report on last year's Symposium, click here....

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OHV Events 2017

Our event program for 2017 has workshops for new practitioners as well as sessions which provide new perspectives for experienced practitioners.  On 18th March, we offer an Introductory Workshop, and on 8th April an Advanced Workshop on Editing Oral History using...

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