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18 June 2024

Join us for the Oral History Festival on Saturday 6 July 2024 in the British Library Knowledge Centre

Square logo with pink text saying Oral History Festival 2024 on a green background

Mary Stewart, Lead Curator of Oral History and Director of National Life Stories writes…

The Oral History Festival needs you! Whether you have been involved in oral history for a month, a year, a decade or more, the Oral History Society in partnership with National Life Stories at the British Library extends a warm invitation to join us for a day of reflection, listening, conversation and networking.

Attendees at the Festival will have a rare chance to spend a day exploring a diverse range of ideas and experiences within oral history and memory work. Everyone will have the opportunity to reflect on their own practice in discussion with others, to network and – hopefully – to gain new perspectives and insights into oral history that they can apply to their work. The day is made up of peer-learning sessions, led by experienced oral historians, where participants are asked to reflect, collaborate and join in.

The Oral History Festival will be held on Saturday 6 July 2024 from 09.30-18.00 in the Knowledge Centre, British Library, London NW1 2DB. For more information and a detailed programme visit the Oral History Society’s Festival page:

Participatory workshop topics include:

  • oral history and its role in tracing climate change
  • expectations when commissioning oral history work
  • oral history and creative practice
  • emotions and oral history
  • playing with the future in oral history
  • place and identity in oral history
  • creative transcription
  • ethical dilemmas in oral history
  • family oral history
  • oral history in the classroom

Book tickets here:

Festival fee:

  • £75 Standard
  • £50 Oral History Society and British Library Members
  • £50 Concessions

*Includes lunch and refreshments* The catering will be vegetarian. For other dietary needs please contact OHS Events Manager [email protected].

For more information on National Life Stories, see our collection on the British Library Research Repository. More detail on the Oral History Society is at