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 we currently have a complement of nine additional staff: Dr Eleanor Bell, Dr Alison Chand, Prof Phil Cooke, Dr Matthew Eisler, Dr Laura Kelly, Dr Emma Newlands, Dr Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, Prof Matt Smith, Dr Angela Turner. There are fifteen current 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

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, "The Real Glasgow Stands Up? Community Writing, Cultural Resistance and Glasgow's Urban Change, 1985-1995" seminar by Kate Wilson which was scheduled for Monday the 16th of March 2020 has been cancelled.

It has also been confirmed that the whole of the SOHC monthly seminar series has been cancelled as a result of the University's policy on the COVID-19 pandemic.