Oral history spring school

Course date(s): 
8 May 2014 to 10 May 2014
Course tutor(s): 
Professor Joanna Bornat
Professor Jenny Harding
Dr Graham Smith
Joel Morley



The 2014 Spring School in Oral History will be held at the Institute of Historical Research, in association with the Oral History Society. As in previous years, there will be a wide-ranging programme covering the theory and practice of oral history in depth.


Course details


Those enrolling in the course should have some prior experience in recording and writing oral history, and will be asked to complete readings in advance, available through a dedicated online website. The tutors for the course are all members of the Oral History Society and will be: Professor Joanna Bornat (Professor Emeritus, Open University), Professor Jenny Harding (London Metropolitan University), Dr Graham Smith (Royal Holloway, University of London), and Joel Morley (Queen Mary, University of London).


The (unconfirmed) programme is as follows, but more details should be available soon:

08/05/14 Thursday, 09.30 - 17.00

  • Memory and Remembering
  • Representativenes and Generalisability
  • Analysing the data: drawing out evidence
  • Oral History Surgery: your challenges?

09/05/14 Friday, 10.00 - 17.00

  • Emotion
  • Re-use: Issues from Secondary Analysis of Archived Interviews
  • Outcomes & Impacts

10/05/14 Saturday, 10.00 - 16.00

  • Teaching Oral History: Sources, Methods, Courses
  • Teaching Oral History: Strategies for the Future
  • Oral History in Museums: the Museum of London

The spring school is organised by the Institute of Historical Research and is open to all who are interested in using oral history. Numbers are strictly limited and early application is recommended.