Why oral history is more important than ever

In this modern world, our technology is fast and furious. We have a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips and can research our past at the click of a button. So why should we still place an emphasis on recording oral history?


This website aims to answer that question. There is nothing like hearing a real person tell their story – whether it’s an account of fighting from the trenches in World War One, what it was like to grow up in the 1930s, or simply fragments of memory from a long life. Preservation of these voices from the past is key to shaping our future.

The records of firsthand experience provide that essential ‘real’ dimension and help us to understand our history. While books can give us context, often we need those wonderful gems of personal experience to bring the past to life.

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Now that we do have this cutting-edge technology, it is easier than ever to document and archive our oral history, and hold on to those stories that might not necessarily have been heard.

It is our chance to engrave our history into living memory and ensure that we give future generations a past that they can treasure.


3 thoughts on “Why oral history is more important than ever

  1. We did an oral history project with our synagogue last year. It was such a moving experience, hearing people tell their stories. (I was an interviewer.) I look forward to reading more on your blog.

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