Oral History

Oxfordshire History Centre's Oral History Archive has over 5,000 recordings:

  • 3,400 extracts from Radio Oxford programmes back to 1970
  • 1,300 field recordings made since the 1960s, covering a wealth of topics—work, childhood, shopping, World War II, home life, transport, and much more

You can listen for free to the full set of recordings at Oxfordshire History Centre, or you can buy mp3 copies where copyright allows.

Evacuees, a young boy with a small girl, carrying carriers bags and a gas mask box about his neck, arriving at the Oxford railway station, 9.1939


Gain an insight into people’s working life, housing conditions and how they spent their leisure time.

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