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 seven additional staff: Dr Alison Chand, Prof Phil Cooke, Dr Laura Kelly, Dr Susan Morrison, Dr Emma Newlands, Professor Matt Smith, Dr Angela Turner. 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.
SOHC Seminar: 18 February 2019
Next SOHC Seminar: Mon 18 Feb, 5pm, Rory Stride, "Women's Experience of Work, Plant Closure and its aftermath: The Case of James Templeton & Co., Glasgow c. 1960-1990". See abstract here: Rory Stride SOHC Abstract
For the full list of seminars, please click here:SOHC Seminar Series 2018-19
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 email@example.com. Once we have enough participants expressing an interest the SOHC will run another training day.
The next SOHC training day is an "Advanced Oral History" day desgined for those with some experience of oral history interviewing in community settings to critically review their practise and address particular problems, issues and scenarios raised by participants through their interviewing. It is scheduled for Fri 29 March 2019. See the documents below for more information and to register.
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: http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/e&t/headline_597982_en.html
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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