Archives and Research

How To: Record Oral Histories

Collecting and Sharing Memories

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Spoken memories are some of the most valuable records we can collect.

They tell us not only what happened, but how it impacted the people who lived through specific times and events.

Recording oral histories is a great way to get a snapshot of a community.

Download this guide and find out how to undertake your own oral historic recording.

This How To guide was created as part of a series for Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP), a community-engagement project we ran from 2014-19. The project supported communities in recording, researching and celebrating the history on their doorsteps.

  • Audiences:

    Researchers, Conservation and Heritage Enthusiasts
  • Date Published:

    05 November 2019
  • Publisher:

    Historic Environment Scotland
  • Publication Types:

    How To Guide
  • Author(s):

    Historic Environment Scotland

  • Format(s):

    Download PDF

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  • Subjects:

    History, Scotland, Collections and Archives