Would you like to learn how to sensitively record memories and life-stories? Since 2012, we’ve trained hundreds of students, community groups, organisations and families. Together we will discover the power of oral history to open up new perspectives and preserve histories that would otherwise be lost forever.

Fun-packed, interactive training that was well run and useful. [Facilitation was] really excellent and gave practical examples.

Commission our introductory course to get the fundamentals sorted. Afterwards, our flexible additional modules will equip you with the specialist skills you need to meet your ambitions and ensure your subjects and participants contribute to creative, innovative and engaging project outputs.  You can also hire us as consultants for your project – we’re happy to discuss your needs.

Our introductory course can be delivered in one-day if in-person, and over two half-day sessions if online. Our trainers have extensive experience of both in-person and online training.

One Day Introductory Course

This course will introduce you to oral history: what it is, and what you can do with it. In an active and participatory session, you and your group will discuss key theories behind the practice of oral history, and explore examples of oral history in different media, such as film, text or theatre.

You will learn practical interviewing skills, including questioning approaches, developing a topic guide, critiquing example transcripts and conducting your own practice interviews.

We will cover the essential business of ethics and working procedures, ensuring your project runs smoothly and everyone involved is kept safe.

Finally, you will have a practical introduction to using recording equipment, whether you are recording in-person or remotely.

If you would like the training to be tailored to your specific needs, for instance by focusing on involving young people or recording family members’ memories, please contact us to discuss.

Introductory Course for Young People

We offer oral history training and creative workshops tailored for young people aged 10 and above.

The training sessions and workshops were trialed among 20 youth clubs across London in partnership with London Youth and BANG Edutainment in 2023 and 2024.

They were overwhelmingly positive and successful.

"I learned about heritage and how to use the recorders to record people and how to like do interviews."

An oral history training consists of two parts, each lasting between 1.5 and 2 hours.

  • The first part will teach young people about oral history and planning their interviews.

Young people will find out what is oral history and the principles underpinning this practice and its connection to heritage.

They will also learn to craft interviewing questions and begin to construct an interview guide ahead of their oral history interviews.

  • The second part will prepare young people to interview members of their community.

Young people will learn about setting up the recording equipment and practice their interviewing skills.

You can add one or more additional modules to the oral history training.


Our Rates

We charge £500 for a one-day training course for a group of up to 12 participants, over one or two sessions, plus travel expenses for the trainer to reach you.

Please note that the hire of any venue and provision of refreshments for participants is not included within the cost.

Our additional training modules are charged at £250 for a half day session. You could combine two additional modules together to form a day’s training.

For individual or family training sessions, please contact us to discuss costs and how we could work together.


Working With Us

If you have specific needs, talk to us – we are very friendly! Our approach is flexible and we are open to adapting our training for particular audiences, to fit within project specifications and to adhere to your funding guidelines.

If you like the sound of what we do, please get in touch so that we can discuss your training needs and send you a full training plan.



Photograph by Fatimah Zahmoul