Oral History Training


During this one day workshop for staff, volunteers and freelancers, we will build on all five senses (touch, sight, smell, sound and taste) to improve stimulation for engagement with individuals living with dementia.

This course doesn’t include training in audio editing. We can offer this as a separate one day training session, or this can be done independently through the Oral History Society.  Please get in touch for details.

All participants will also undertake at least one full oral history interview during the course.

£140 Standard / £120 Concession (on proof of status)

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Oral History Training– 10:00 – 16:00

Further interview practice and experience & post-course planning.

The training covers:

  • Oral history: its uses and benefit
  • Planning oral history interviews
  • Interview techniques
  • Interview practice and reflection on interview experiences
  • Ethics, copyright and issues to consider
  • An introduction to post-interview issues: editing material, transcription and summaries, oral history on the web
  • Signposting to further support

Strike a Light can also offer a support service if you would like help with any aspect of oral history. If so, please get in touch. We are happy to help with any of the following:

  • Starting up an oral history project
  • Advice on funding applications and equipment
  • Oral history training
  • Oral history editing
  • School oral history projects
  • Making personal or family recordings


Lots of ideas to go away and research – good to meet others and share experiences and ideas. I feel more confident to go away and plan some reminiscence activities. I have more insight into the benefits and what’s involved.

– Course participant

Course Structure

Structure of Programme 10:00-16:00
Day One:

  • Introductions to the course and expectations
  • What is oral history and how can it be used
  • Introduction to recorders including: Zoom H4, and Marantz


  • What is a ‘good’ interview
  • Planning an interview
  • Oral history paperwork: summaries, transcripts, permission forms.
  • Practice interview and reflection

Day Two:

  •  Practice interview and reflection
  • Issues to consider: Ethical problems, copyright
  • Planning our interviews


  • Interviewees from local projects to be invited to be interviewed by course participants.

Benefits of the Course


What you will achieve


Group Bookings

We are also happy to provide tailor made training specifically for your groups in a location of your choice. To discuss your learning requirements, please contact us.