Oral History

What is Oral History?
Oral history is the recording of people's memories, experiences and opinions. It is:

  • A living history of everyone's unique life experiences
  • An opportunity for those people who have been 'hidden from history' to have their voice heard
  • A rare chance to talk about and record history face-to-face
  • A source of new insights and perspectives that may challenge our view of the past.1

From the very beginning of the All Our Stories, Dualchas Agus Duthchas, project it became clear that collecting our Oral History was something we all thought important.
We had a workshop to learn some of the skills we need, and several of the project members undertook to begin some recordings. We have a couple of small digital recorders, and are getting to learn about the software to process them.

This is definitely something that would be really good to do more of, and if you are interested please contact us
It would be really fun to have a small working group continuing to collect recordings from our fascinating community.

Questions to ask when you are talking to your own relatives - most of us have a voice recorder on our phones or tablet these days

Here are some other projects to give us inspiration
Mallaig Oral History Project
Jura Lives

Oral History Society
Oral history Projects around the UK
other Oral history links

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