Oral History Archives in the Best of the Web UK Directory

Oral History Archives

Ambleside Oral History Group

Archive of over 300 interviews related to life in Ambleside, Cumbria, and the surrounding area, from the 1880’s onwards. Description of the collection and ordering information.

BBC Radio 4: The Listening Project

Oral history project which aims to capture conversations of significance between friends and families. Includes full information on how to take part.

British Library: Oral History

A guide to accessing the collection at St Pancras, London, a searchable catalogue, and online access to recordings for universities and further education only.

British Library: Theatre Archive

An oral history of British theatre 1945-1968, with over 100 transcripts, images and sound extracts.

British Rocketry Oral History Programme

Programme that began with the intention of recording the experiences of those who worked in British rocketry in the 50s and 60s and now broadened to include other related areas of postwar research and development.

Capture Wales

Archive containing hundreds of digital stories made by people in Wales, as part of a joint project between Cardiff University and the BBC.

East Midlands Oral History Archive

A joint project to conserve and develop oral history resources in the East Midlands. Holdings and projects, a guide to oral history in the counties, technical advice and training pages.

Exmoor Oral History Archive

Over 200 hours of recording featuring 78 people. Includes extracts for downloading and details of a book with an audio CD.

Kiveton and Wales: Audio Clips

An oral history archive with interviews including former miners and their wives, teachers, and professional sportsmen.

Lives in the Oil Industry

Information about a project in Aberdeen University that created an archive of arguably the twentieth century’s most important industry.

My Yorkshire

Helps communities to become digital storytellers in partnership with museums, libraries and archives. Contains images, videos and audio.

Oral History of British Science

A guide to a British Library project to create an oral history archive involving 200 in-depth interviews with British scientists.

Recollections of WWII

A directory of oral history collections relating to the Second World War; also includes a listing of archives organised by subject.

Sea Your History: Oral History

Recordings from people who have lived and worked with the sea in the twentieth century. Themes include naval medicine and people and changing technology.

Somerset Voices Oral History Archive

Interviews covering all parts of Somerset vut particularly strong for the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury area. Advice on using the archive, themes and audio clips.

St Fagans: Sound Archive -

Description of the sound archive in Welsh and English collected by St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff.

Waltham Forest Oral History Workshop

Background and advice, news and projects, list of recordings and a selection of recordings as MP3 files.

Wild Rose Heritage and Arts

A community oral history group based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Includes background on the town's history, transcripts, and information about their activities.

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