The Oral History Spring School covers the theory and practice of oral history in depth, with the help of leading UK oral historians. To be able to take advantage of the course students must have prior experience in recording and writing, or planning to write, oral history and will be asked to complete readings in advance, available through a dedicated online website. Anyone new to oral history should not take this course but instead consider enrolling on either the IHR's An Introduction to Oral History or the Oral History Society's basic training course.
Through lectures and discussion and practical examples from oral history research the three day course will:
- Consider the emergence and development of oral history, and the links between theory and practice when considering memory of the past
- Compare different approaches which oral historians have used to understand and analyse their interviews
- Reflect on emotion as a part of oral history and the inter-subjective relationship of the interview when reflection on past experience may lead to displays of emotion
- Explore the ethical considerations of oral history interviewing and archiving as well as the legal obligations involved in creating and preserving oral history while protecting the interests of interviewees.
- Review the rewards gained from returning to archived oral history data as well as the challenges which re-use generated
- Provide an opportunity to explore challenges and questions posed by individual research interests through group discussion
- Discuss the use of oral history in a range of contexts from academic monographs to museum exhibitions and community projects
The three day course will also include a visit to a central London museum where oral history is incorporated into exhibitions.