About Oral History Society

The Oral History Society, which has approaching 1,000 members, is over fifty years old and is the leading organisation in its field in the UK.

Amongst other activities, the Oral History Society:

  • publishes a print journal twice a year
  • supports a well-used and informative website 
  • holds highly successful conferences,
  • maintains a regional network of expert oral historians who can support members locally and help local organisations,
  • supports a number of special interest groups,
  • partners with National Life Stories at the British Library to run the UK’s most highly respected oral history training courses,
  • acts as an advocate for high quality and ethical collection, preservation and reuse of people’s memories.

Over twenty elected trustees from across the UK, meeting quarterly, are responsible for the governance of the charity, headed by an Officers’ Group comprising the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, supported by three part-time staff funded on a freelance basis. The Society also contracts a graphic designer and web support consultants.

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