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Education

Get inspiration from oral history programmes for education.

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Life stories

In the films, of about 2 hours per talk, first-generation migrants tell their personal life stories.

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Annegriet Wietsma, documentary maker and oral history teacher

By collecting the stories of children of Dutch soldiers in Indonesia, we were able to make this taboo subject discussable. If they themselves and also their mothers tell their story you can not ignore it

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Witness Testimonials

This website keeps alive the stories and personal testimonies about World War II

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SYMPOSIUM "Oral History for everyone" | 28 oktober 11.00 - 17.00 u | Sound and Vision The Hague

An interactive symposium on oral history with interesting speakers and workshops.

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“Sprekende geschiedenis” is the hub of organisations and people engaged in oral history. Find out what stories and collections there are, and get started yourself!

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Latest news and agenda

Symposium ‘Oral History for everyone’ – Programme announced!

Date: 28-10-2022
Time: 11:00
Location: Beeld en Geluid Den Haag
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Exhibition ‘My freedom – your freedom’?

Location: Beeld en Geluid Den Haag
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CLARIN Café: Voices from Ravensbrück on the Web – a Multilingual Challenge

Date: 02-12-2022
Time: 14:00
Location: CLARIN virtual Zoom meeting
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Book Oral History on longlist of the first edition Prijs voor het Belangrijkste Boek

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Oral History: stories about art made accessible

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New initiative: the Dutch Muslim Archive

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Getting started yourself?

+What is oral history?

Oral history is the collection and study of life stories, people’s testimonies about historical events, and records the meaning they give to their surroundings. It concerns stories that are collected by means of (open) interviews and by using other oral sources.

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+How to conduct a good interview

The oral history interview revolves around the personal story of the interviewee.

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+How can I transcribe?

There are several specialised tools for manual digital transcription.

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+How do I prepare an interview technically?

Tips on the recording location, audio and video.

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+What courses and trainings are there?

There are several possibilities to take oral history courses or trainings. We have listed them for you.

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How can I become a partner?

Does your organisation want to contribute to the development of the Hub and put issues on the agenda itself? Then join us as a partner of the Hub and enjoy extra benefits.

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Education

There are several oral history programmes for education. You can find a growing overview here.

Theme

Freedom then and now

Freedom often comes up in people’s stories. This applies to people who experienced the Second World War, to people who had to flee their country, but also to other groups.

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Collection

Interview collection Stichting Mondelinge Geschiedenis Indonesië

Oral history collection on ‘the end of the colonial Dutch presence in Asia’.

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Projects & Research

The Dutch home birth culture

The life stories, the oral history, of the midwives, maternity nurses and gynaecologists …

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