Introduction: oral history

Museums have learned from film-makers how compelling oral history can be

The power of oral history

Oral history can transform the visitors' experience of a museum, but a lack of funds and poor quality recordings will ruin a project, says Rob Perks, the oral history curator at the British Library...

Recording oral history

You need more than the right equipment to record oral history well. Careful preparation, listening skills and putting your interviewee at ease are also essential, says David Martin...

Audibility and accessibility

Oral history can be compelling but if audibility and accessibility are poor its value will be limited. David Martin explains the best way to integrate personal testimony into displays...

Witness statements: testimonies at the Holocaust Exhibition

The Imperial War Museum's Holocaust Exhibition brings visitors face-to-face with 18 survivors. Suzanne Bardgett, the exhibition director, explains the importance of filming their testimonies...

Case study: oral history collection

Volunteer interviewers have created the National Railway Museum's first oral history collection. Joanne Stewardson, the project's coordinator, reveals the challenges of keeping everyone on board...

Case study: Southampton's oral history

An oral history project involving residents of a street in Southampton has led to an exhibition and a range of community events. Padmini Broomfield, of the city's Oral History Unit, charts its development...