Networks and Research Clusters 

Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex

The University of Sussex is a leading international centre for life history research, oral history, and life writing research and teaching. University of Sussex researchers have published extensively in the fields of oral history and life writing, and have initiated pioneering training courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
A key asset in this high profile is the unique and prestigious Mass-Observation Archive which is an international research resource and the base for an ongoing research project involving autobiographical writing. Established in 1999, the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research aims:
• to highlight University of Sussex experience and expertise in the field of life history and life writing research, both within the University and beyond;
• to link the theory and methods of oral history with the analysis and practice of life writing
• to provide an institutional forum for Sussex faculty who have a research interest in these fields, encourage synergy from present activities, and provide a democratic forum for further developments;
• to establish institutional links with like-minded research centres in Britain and overseas;
• to seek funding for life history and life writing research projects and events;
• to facilitate University of Sussex recruitment of postgraduate students in the field of life history and life writing research;
• to consolidate, develop and promote the research element of Mass-Observation Archive activities. Visit the Mass Observation website or take a look at some Mass Observation material through Mass Observation Online.

Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories at the University of Brighton

The Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories at the University of Brighton is an internationally recognised centre for the study of the significance of the past in our lives today. Our work encompasses a range of different areas: cultural memory, oral history and life history, cultural, social and political history, community history, popular history making, public history and heritage, testimony, life writing and narrative, and work on archives and collections. These fields of research are connected by a commitment to the plural ‘histories’, and the Centre’s work explores the relationships between powerful and established narratives of the past, and those that give voice to subordinate, marginalised or otherwise silenced histories.
We welcome enquires from prospective research and masters students, interested in joining our large and vibrant post graduate community in order to develop work in these areas, and from colleagues considering applying for Associate Membership and Visiting Fellowships.

Oral History Noticeboard

The Oral History Noticeboard is an independent ‘noticeboard’ for anyone working with, or with an interest in, oral history in the UK. It aims to cover items and issues in oral history in all of its settings, including personal oral histories, community-based oral history and in research and higher education. The blog is not funded by or affiliated with any institution or organisation, and it is open to all oral history-related news.

Scottish Oral History Centre

The Scottish Oral History Centre was set up in 1995 within the Department of History at the University of Strathclyde to support the use of oral history within the academic community and in the cognate areas such as archives and museums. Since then, it has been involved in a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities designed primarily to encourage the use of ‘best practice’ oral history methodology in Scotland.

University of Bristol Oral History Research Cluster 

The principal aim of this cluster is to discuss oral history methodology and historiography across departments and faculties, but also within the city and the region. It provides a vibrant network in which members can share ideas surrounding the theory and practice of oral history and qualitative research interviewing. The cluster involves both established academic staff and early career researchers, including postgraduate research students, and provides a space for experienced and inexperienced oral history practitioners to advise one another and share best practice.

Warwick Oral History Network

Following on the interdisciplinary seminar ‘Challenging dominant discourses of the past: 1968 and the value of oral history’ in 2011, the Warwick Oral History Network was established to bring together established scholars, early career researchers, postgraduates as well as undergraduate students, both from in and outside the University of Warwick. The network has hosted a number of events since its launch in June 2011, including seminars, training sessions, a webinar and a conference on gender and subjectivity. The network is supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies, and is run by Angela Davis with Andrea Hajek and Grace Huxford.

Online Resources

Lynn Abram’s Oral History Theory companion website


Oral History Projects 

Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine including Clips and Conversations