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Oral history records our stories, our knowledge, experiences, anecdotes, observations and achievements. Oral history collects the stories of ordinary people in their own words – the workers, the community, the clients, the onlookers: The people who were there when it happened.

Oral history brings out the richness, the humour, and the emotion of times past, and results in a wealth of recorded knowledge that otherwise may have been forgotten. The spoken word gives different information in a different style to the historical accounts that are based on written documents and academic research.

Remember those stories your ¬†grandmother or great grandfather used to tell you? Or the yarns the old bloke who worked at the factory used to spin? That’s oral history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_history

 

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