About Memoar 

Norwegian oral history society

Your story matters! Memoar is the Norwegian oral history society. We collect and preserve oral history interviews. Our slogan - «Everybody has a story to share» - reflects a collective responsibility for transferring the story of our times to future generations. 

The recording of an interview remains the intellectual property of the interviewee (and the interviewer). We encourage people to share their stories in public archives and in social media. 

We log the interviews with detailed keywords and timecodes. The viewer can find interesting sequences in minutes at memoar.no. 



The background of this lecture was Memoar's project that collects oral history about the war in Ukerain.


On June 8th. 2022, this lecture was recorded in Bergen for the Ukrainean diaspora and refugees.

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Ukrain people are invited to work with us in this project, and this video is part of the training. 

We believe that everybody can interview. We are encouraging public libraries to establish interview studios for anyone to use, and public archives to recieve documented interviews from anyone. Our vision is a huge public collection of documented oral history videos from our times, to be used by researchers as well as heirs or artists or other parts of future and present public.

Interviews on video. Seeing the interviewee telling her/his stories gives the user better understanding and more information than audio only, and substantially more than reading transcripts. Our experience is that people are positive to documentation on video.

We do not transcribe. To change a video recording into a text document means to reduce it from a primary source to a secondary. Instead, we copy the filmmaker's method for documentation of her/his footage

Memoar, Norwegian organisation for oral history, was founded (2015) by persons with background from media and media developement.

Inger Christine Årstad: Daily manager. Folklorist, journalist, film- and museum-worker.

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Bjørn Enes: Leader of development. Journalist. Founded Memoar in 2015.
Retired, but volenteeres on daily bases.
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Cathrine Hasselberg:
Oral historian, author and responsible for podcasts made by Memoar.

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Mariela Drejer Norheim: Responsible of prosject «The big us», arcive,  the web and SOME. Cultural heritage-studies.
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The Memoar story

IOHA 2018 - presented by Bjørn Enes 

At the International Oral History Associations conference in Finland, 2018,  this was presented at one of the workshops.  

IOHA is an association of oraL history organisations all over the world.