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

Next SOHC Seminar: Monday 20 January 2019, "Oral History in Turkey: A Very Short Introduction" - Prof Leyla Neyzi (Sabanci University). 5pm - 7pm, Scottish Oral History Centre, Room GH222, Graham Hills Building, 40 George Street, University of Strathclyde

You can view the full programme of the Seminar Series below:

SOHC Seminar Series 2019-20

Oral History Training

Are you interested in training in Oral History.  If so please register your interest and get on the training days waiting list by emailing  Once we have enough participants expressing an interest the SOHC will run another training day. 

The next SOHC training day is an "Introduction to Oral History".

This workshop will take place on Friday the 17th of January 2020, in SOHC, GH222, Graham Hills Building, 40 George Street, G1 1QE

Fee: £90

See the link below to register.

SOHC Training Day Registration Form 17.01.20

Introduction to Oral History Seminar Programme

The following SOHC training day is an "Oral History in/on Conflict-Affected Settings". This workshop will seek to provide students with an opportunity to explore the challenges that surround oral historical research in/on contexts in the UK and abroad where conflict and trauma have shaped people's experiences and memories. This workshop will be conducted by oral historian, Erin Jessee from the University of Glasgow.

This workshop will take place on Friday the 31st of January 2020, in SOHC, GH222, Graham Hills Building, 40 George Street, G1 1QE

Fee: £90

Reduced fee: (UoS students only): £60

See the link below to register.

SOHC Registration Form 31.01.20

SOHC Training Day Flyer 31.01.20


Oral History Training Podcasts

A series of oral history podcasts (with associated presentation materials) are available for listening to created in 2018 by oral history trainers from the Scottish Oral History Centre (Arthur McIvor and Lorna Barton) and fellow historians from Glasgow University (Lynn Abrams and Erin Jessee). You can access these at:

You may have to need to copy, cut and paste this url in to your internet browser (eg Google) to access these podcasts.

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 June 2018).

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 Arthur McIvor 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

Useful Links


For more information on all things oral history, including oral history conferences, resources, GDPR, training, ethics, the OHS Journal etc. See the UK Oral History Society website at