East Midlands Oral History Archive

Training links

The East Midlands Oral History Archive provides training in oral history to people in the East Midlands and the world via a variety of web resources. You may also find the following websites useful:

Oral history

Audio equipment


A quick and easy way to find oral history on the internet is to go to YouTube and search for 'oral history'. As well as excerpts from oral history interviews there are several examples of people talking about oral history generally.

  • EMOHA's oral history tips video.
  • A series of 'how to do oral history' videos from Minnesota Historical Society.
  • The video channel for the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries featuring the director, Doug Boyd, contains a useful video about setting recording levels and reviews of several digital recorders. Some of these can also be found on the Oral History Society website (above).

Recording advice

General advice about recording sound and vision for radio, television or film can be found at these websites:

Digital tools

Examples of websites which synchronise audio/video to transcript

  • OHMS is the oral history metadata synchroniser developed by the the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky. You can learn more at Oral History Online. Some of the Center's online oral histories use this technology and can be listened to, and read.
  • The Texas Legacy Project logs its interviews by themes and links these to segments of the video/audio, as well as linking the transcript to the audio/video.
  • The HistoryMakers Digital Archive uses Digital Video Library (DVL) technology created and pioneered by Carnegie Mellon University. 


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