Scottish Oral History Centre

Scottish Oral History Centre

The Scottish Oral History Centre was set up to support the use of oral history within the academic community and in the cognate areas such as archives and museums.

About the Scottish Oral History Centre

The Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC) was established at the University of Strathclyde in 1995. Since then, it has been involved in a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities designed primarily to encourage the use of ‘best practice’ oral history methodology in Scotland.

Professor Arthur McIvor has been Director of the Centre since 2005 (and was joint Director with Professor Callum Brown prior to that) and we currently have a complement of ten additional staff: Dr Alison Chand, Prof Phil Cooke, Dr Erin Jessee, Dr Laura Kelly, Dr Susan Morrison, Dr Emma Newlands, Professor Matt Smith, Dr Stephen Mawdsley Dr Angela Turner Dr David Walker´╗┐. There are fourteen current Masters and PhD students who incorporate oral history interviewing into their research methodologies in History at Strathclyde.

As a group we have a substantial publication and research record and supervise a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate students using oral history techniques.

Our events

The talks are held in the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde, Curran Building Level 6. They begin at 5:30pm, and you are welcome to join us from 5pm onwards, with snacks and light refreshments provided. No booking or tickets are required.

A strong Scottish & international profile

The SOHC has developed a strong profile in Scotland and has growing international links. SOHC staff have research networks across Europe, North America and Africa. We are currently involved in a transatlantic collaborative relationship with the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS), University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada, where a number of our staff hold Research Affiliate status. The Director of COHDS, Professor Steven High, took up the first SOHC visiting Professorship in 2012. The SOHC and the COHDS have jointly organised a major international conference on deindustrialisation held in Montreal 1-5 May 2014 and we jointly run an International Oral History Summer Institute (Montreal June 2016; SOHC May 2017).

Our aims and objectives

  • To be an international centre for oral history study, research, teaching and training.
  • To promote collaborative research in oral history across disciplinary and geographical boundaries.
  • To develop knowledge transfer/outreach programmes, encouraging networking in the area of oral history with other scholars and organisations, including local government and community oral history groups.
  • To develop an expertise in the use of new technologies in oral history
  • To facilitate capacity-building and the intellectual development of the next generation of scholars/researchers in oral history.
  • To act as a corporate base for attracting external funding to support the above aims.

Our archives

The SOHC has an extensive archive of recorded interviews which are currently being digitised and catalogued prior to migration to the University Archives.  Please contact David Walker at david.walker@strath.ac.uk or Arthur McIvor a.mcivor@strath.ac.uk for more information.

For the Health and health-related oral history archives in Scotland Report, 26 May 2015 (David Walker) see here Scottish Oral History Centre 2015 Report