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Oral History

Oral History in its various guises is central methodology in the historian’s toolkit, and a good way to approach the study of the past.

Should you wish to employ an oral history methodology you should discuss the practicalities and ethical issues of your oral history interviews with your supervisor, and, with them, complete the Oral History Approval form. This should then be forwarded to Director of Graduate Studies (, for final approval.

Ethical considerations, including the protection of sources, are central to the exercise of responsible research using interview methods. To this end the Faculty has put in place a procedure for approval. This is outlined below, alongside some initial advice on the handling of oral history materials.  The full procedure is available on the Faculty’s website: