16 December 2021

Oral histories – their importance and impact

Listening to oral histories allows us to hear the struggles and joys of people recorded over the last century.

Collecting these oral histories helps us bear witness to individual lives. People are sharing their stories in their own words.

Join our select panel of speakers as they discuss their own experiences with oral history. They will reflect on the importance of oral history to our understanding of our shared heritage both locally and globally.


The conversation is facilitated by:

  • Mary Milton, rights clearance officer for Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, Bristol Archives

‘Quiet Voices of Empire’ an online exhibition

This event marks the launch of ‘Quiet Voices of Empire’ an online exhibition from the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection (BECC) and Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH).

This exhibition incorporates the use of BECC oral histories. Recently digitised, these oral histories are now accessible for the first time in over 20 years. Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a national project led by the British Library, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 16 December.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining webinars.

Image: British Library