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 Innovation Award Presentations and AGM – Oct 27

Members and friends of Oral History Victoria are invited to attend our presentation evening and AGM on Thursday 27 October at the Royal Historical Society Building on the corner of A’Beckett St and Williams St .  Enjoy refreshments and see shortlisted applicants for...

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Submissions for the inaugural OHV Members’ Showcase

Members still have time to get their submission in for our exciting inaugural Members’ Showcase event at The Good Room in November and December.  Submissions are due by 16 September – more details and an application form are available on our Events...

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