Guidance on budgeting for oral history contractors
Oral history projects vary a great deal in their duration, scope and activities and require a major commitment of time and effort from oral history practitioners, participants and volunteers. Oral History Society (OHS) Regional Networkers have highlighted that organisations often underestimate the amount of time, budget and expertise it takes to deliver high quality results.

The Society has published a document intended as a guide for organisations setting up projects and estimating budgets for grant applications, or commissioning professional oral history practitioners to carry out some or all of the tasks required to deliver their projects. It has been drawn up by a group of experienced freelance oral history and heritage professionals from around the country who have been advising and working in this field.

To access the document, please follow this link: https://www.ohs.org.uk/advice/guidance-on-budgeting-for-oral-history-contractors/

Free Online Guide to Oral History for Schools and Youth Groups

The Oral History Society with the dedicated support of two Regional Networkers has developed A Guide to Oral History for Schools and Youth Groups. This important set of resources is designed to support teachers and anyone working with young people on oral history projects.

Oral history is a living history of everyone’s unique life experiences, and so is relevant to most subjects in the national curriculum. It is also an ideal activity for youth groups, where young people may think they have no interest in the past but do want to learn to use recording equipment or to become interviewers – and are then gripped by the stories told by their interviewees about childhood experiences or changes in the locality.

Recording older people’s memories help young people develop a number of valuable life skills, increases their confidence, raises their interest in curriculum subjects and improves community relations.

UPCOMING OHS TRAINING COURSES
Places are still available for the following upcoming OHS training courses:

  1. Introduction to Oral History

This self-contained day course, organised jointly by the National Life Stories at the British Library and the Oral History Society, aims to be an informal and practical introduction to oral history interviewing with an opportunity to handle recording equipment and discuss some of the issues around oral history, life stories and memory.

06/09/2019
(10:00 am – 5:30 pm) The Showroom and Workstation – Sheffield
15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield
S1 2BX

11/09/2019
(10:00 am – 5:30 pm) British Library
96 Euston Road, London
NW1 2DB
Further info: https://www.ohs.org.uk/training/an-introduction-to-oral-history/

  1. Developing your Oral History Skills

This course is open to oral historians who have attended the OHS Introduction to Oral History training day. This ‘follow-up’ course provides an opportunity to reflect on and strengthen oral history skills.

18/09/2019
(10:00 am – 5:00 pm) British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London
NW1 2DB
Further info: https://www.ohs.org.uk/training/developing-your-oral-history-skills/

  1. Transcript to Script: Turning oral history into plays for stage and radio

This one-day course, organised jointly by National Life Stories at the British Library and the Oral History Society will present a brief history of the genre and an overview of the various forms which oral history theatre can take, such as strict documentary (or ‘verbatim’) theatre using named individuals, the creation of a set of fictional characters using ‘actuality’ dialogue, the use of oral history as research material for scripting, and improvisation around memory without transcript.

23/10/2019
(10:00 am – 5:30 pm) British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London
NW1 2DB
Further info: https://www.ohs.org.uk/training/transcript-to-script-turning-oral-history-into-plays-for-stage-and-radio/

  1. Lives in Focus: Video

In response to a growing demand, this one day course, jointly organised by National Life Stories at the British Library and the Oral History Society will give an introduction to the principles and techniques of recording, editing and distributing oral history on video. It is aimed at those with little or no experience and it will take participants in a plain and simple way through the various stages of video production.

24/09/2019
(10:00 am – 4:30 pm) British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London
NW1 2DB
Further info: https://www.ohs.org.uk/training/lives-in-focus-recording-oral-history-interviews-on-video/

  1. Tailored Training

A course tailored to the needs of your project group, and based on the Introduction to Oral History course programme, can be arranged. An OHS/British Library accredited trainer will work with you to assess your needs and agree a programme. He/she will then come to your premises or a venue you have booked. The basic cost is £400 for a full day plus the trainer’s expenses and we endeavour to find a trainer local to you so that costs can be kept to a minimum.

Further info: https://www.ohs.org.uk/training/tailored-training/

For all questions relating to training (including further clarification of course content and reduced rate eligibility) please contact our training administrator.