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Oral History Hub


The Oral History hub ‘Sprekende geschiedenis’, established in September 2021, is a national networking organisation dedicated to sharing, promoting and developing knowledge and experience in oral history.

‘Oral history records people’s life stories, testimonies about historical events and the meaning they give to their environment. These are stories collected through (open) interviews and through the use of oral sources’.


The aim of ‘Sprekende geschiedenis’ is to actively promote cooperation and cross-pollination on the theme of oral history between museums, archives, heritage organisations, scientists, social initiatives, education and freelancers.

We do this by, among other things, organising workshops, expert meetings and courses together with partners and the wider network, mapping existing oral history collections in the Netherlands and maintaining an informative portal. The annual oral history symposium is an important part of the programme, focusing on current substantive and technical issues from the field.



The meaning and value of oral history and the mission of the Oral History explained in a video.



The Oral History Hub aims to:


  • Share knowledge and experience in the field of oral history.

  • Stimulate the development and implementation of Dutch oral history projects and research.

  • Contribute to making oral history collections findable and searchable and offer a showcase of current projects.

  • Stimulating the presentation of oral history material to the public.

  • Supporting the development of a lively Dutch oral history community.

  • Actively contributing to a greater inclusiveness and diversity of historiography and the heritage sector.

  • To lobby the government and funders.



The importance of oral history

Oral history is a field that in recent decades has become an internationally recognised form of historiography. Dealing with contemporary history is unthinkable without stories about the past. Oral history tells the stories of groups and communities that receive little coverage in historiography, thus contributing to different and new perspectives on contemporary history and heritage.



Our website offers a growing overview of oral history interview collections, ongoing projects and research, and examples of successful presentations of oral history material by large and small institutions and organisations. The website also offers practical tips and guides for getting started with an oral history project yourself.



Saskia Moerbeek


Ivana Barić

Senior communication advisor

Mila Lemmens

Communication and project employee

Myrthe Kroes

Project manager

Britt Grootes

Senior project employee collections & technology

Frank von Meijenfeldt

Researcher / project officer

Ouiam Kaddam

Student MA History (VU). Intern archival research on Turkish and Moroccan women's movements in the Netherlands

Daniëlle de Kurver

Student RMA History (University of Leiden). Intern at the project "40 Women to Never Forget"

Hanna Blom

MA Global Cultures (Universitá di Bologna). Intern transcriptions and analysis for the project ''40 women to never forget''

Gerrit Terlouw

Intern Open University

In addition to regular partners and an active community, the Oral History Hub has an active and committed steering committee:

Steering group members Oral History Hub

Selma Leydesdorff

Emeritus professor of Oral history and culture at the University of Amsterdam

Jantje Steenhuis

Director City Archives Rotterdam

Marloes Hülsken

Senior lecturer in teacher training at the HAN and initiator of the website Oral history in the classroom

Domenica Ghidei Biidu

Strategic advisor and executive coach in the field of inclusion and diversity, (independent chair)

Arjan van Hessen

Scientific associate of Language and Speech Technology at the University of Twente and board member of the Open Speech Technology Foundation

Leo Lucassen

Director of the International Institute of Social History (IISG), on behalf of the KNAW

Sophia Imaghri

Project leader Oral History van het Nederlands Moslim Archief

Drs. L.A. (Luc) de Vries

Collecties en Collectie-ontwikkeling Tresoar Fries Historisch en Letterkundig Centrum

Susan Hogervorst

University lecturer in cultural history at the Open University, on behalf of the Oral History workgroup of the Huizinga Institute

Marjan Ruiter

Director Zeeuws Museum

Sanneke Stigter

Assistant Professor in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the University of Amsterdam

Lian van der Zon

Audience and History, Gelderland Heritage

Advisory Board

Mieke Zaanen

Former Director of the KNAW (The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) (Chairman)

James Kennedy

Professor of Modern Dutch History at the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University. Former chairman of the committee renewed Canon of the Netherlands

Yasemin Tümer

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of The Creative Industries Fund NL, Member of the Advisory Board of the National Police Force and Investor in Female Entrepreneurship

The Oral History Hub folows the Good Governance Code Culture and de Code Diversity & Inclusion