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How do I look after my recordings?

Your recordings are a valuable historical document.  Each recording should be numbered, copied, summarised and indexed.  Transcribing the recordings is a laborious process but makes them accessible and respects the exact words of the interviewee.  It is also important that you store your recordings carefully.  You may want to consider offering them to a local history archive or library for safe-keeping and to make them available to the public.  

How do I analyse the content of the interviews?

Oral history can be approached in manner of different ways.  You may wish to present testimonies with no more than minor comment or to use them within a wider social analysis.  Oral history can be used to provide objective information, but also to analyse the subjective ways in which people tell their stories, their feelings and attitudes.

How can I use the material I have collected?

There are numerous ways in which your oral history recordings can be used.  This includes publication, exhibitions, reminiscence work, and through making the material available in your local studies archive or library.  

Are there existing oral history collections I can access?

Many oral history collections already exist which you could use for your research, such as those at the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies or the National Life Story Collection at the British Library (see Useful Links).  

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