Oral history projects

The oral history you collect now will be a fantastic resource for future historians. We welcome more oral histories for Derbyshire, but to make sure they’re of most value, there are some important things to consider:

  • If you’ve never done oral history before, there’s a lot to learn, including getting the right equipment and establishing permissions from the people you want to interview. There is excellent advice from the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA)
  • Carrying out good oral history interviews is a skill.  Make sure you cost specialist training for your interviews into your project.
  • Oral history is of little or no use if there isn’t an easy way for researchers to find the information in it.  Ideally, oral history interviews should be transcribed. If that’s too time consuming, then make sure you’ve indexed or summarised what is discussed at different points in the recordings.
  • It is important that the complete oral histories should stay accessible forever.  Your group is unlikely to thave the means of doing this so it’s important to give a copy of your recordings (with transcriptions and permission forms) with organisations that can manage long term preservation and access for you.  You can give copies to more than one organisation so we’d ask you to offer copies to EMOHA and the Derbyshire Record Office. If your project relates to Derby please offer a copy to the Derby Local Studies and Family History Library.