Thinking about oral history

  • Posted on: Wed, 2016-09-14 15:00
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Oral history projects, where people’s memories, attitudes and experiences are recorded can be a useful way to explore heritage and ensure that local residents and their stories are valued. Oral history gives ordinary people a voice and brings the past alive for all of us. Yet, because it’s accessible doesn’t mean it’s easy. There is lots to think about in planning your oral history project and this guidance gives you help with issues such as technology, training, archiving and ethics. It explains what we are looking for in an application and provides outline costs to help you plan your budget.

Useful for…  Anyone seeking to deliver a project that involves recording and archiving people’s memories.


  1. Introduction
  2. Our aims
  3. What is oral history?
  4. Why do we fund oral history?
  5. Planning and managing your oral history project
  6. Making your interviews available
  7. Community involvement and partnerships
  8. Working with schools and colleges
  9. Legal and ethical issues
  10. Oral history project checklist
  11. Sources of advice and information
  12. Appendix A: Practical interview advice
  13. Appendix B: Example costs for an oral history project
  14. Appendix C: Our grant programmes
  15. Appendix D: Our regional and country offices
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