Oral History Archive

Welcome to the University of Hertfordshire Oral History Digital Archive

InterviewThe archive is a repository of audio and video interviews recorded during research projects conducted by the University and local groups. The archive includes histories of the Hatfield Aerodrome and of the University of Hertfordshire; a number of ‘oral histories in a day’ projects including interviews with the staff, players and fans of Stevenage Football Club; and archives stored for local groups including the St Albans Masorti Synagogue.

The original files are stored at the university, while this web site provides public access to those recordings that the interviewees have agreed to make freely available. The archive was constructed with the support of an award from the University of Hertfordshire Charitable Trust to commemorate the University’s 60th anniversary in 2012.

Oral History Team

Many of the interviews made available through the archive were collected by the Oral History Team of staff and students. The team, led by Senior Research Fellow Andrew Green, works in conjunction with the University’s Heritage Hub, which foster partnerships between university staff from all disciplines with heritage expertise, and voluntary groups, public institutions and commercial organisations with interests in heritage.

The team has been professionally trained to collect large number of interviews in a single day. They can work with individuals, community groups, institutions and businesses to create and capture historical evidence and memories.

The team can:

  • Advise about the development of your oral history project
  • Deliver oral history training for your group or business
  • Organise and capture your oral histories, either as a ‘create an oral history archive in a day’ project or over a longer period
  • Preserve your recordings in the University of Hertfordshire archive
  • Present your recordings and memories on the UH Oral History Archive site

Public History Awards

The Oral History Team were proud to be commended by the judges in the 2018 Public History Prize by the Royal Historical Society. The award was given to Andrew Green and the team for their BBC Radio 4 Archive on 4 documentary, 'Instant History'. The programme was made in collaboration between staff and students. Read more about the project.

Oral History Showcase

On 25 April 2018 the University of Hertfordshire hosted an Oral History Showcase. The event consisted of a day of presentations and reflections on the power of oral history for individuals, for communities and for posterity. Speakers included Bill Bunbury, an Oral historian, broadcaster and author, as well as Peter Snow, the veteran television and radio presenter. There was also a powerful performance by Ice & Fire Verbatim Theatre Company.

The Oral History team were joined by many people from past and future projects.