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Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London, NW8 8QN | Project enquiries: Neil Robinson | 020 7616 8559

Oral History - Checklist

Here's just a short checklist to help you out when you're conducting interviews. It can be downloaded and printed out as well (see below)

  • DO get a range of interviewees together of different ages and genders
  • DO make sure that you have the permission (signed release form) of the interviewee to use the material
  • DO ask open, unbiased questions that get people talking
  • DO have some idea about the types of things you want to cover, but let the interview develop naturally
  • DO conduct the interview in as quiet a place as possible
  • DO be courteous and interested in your interviewee
  • DO ask about all subjects around the cricket club and about people’s feelings and thoughts


  • DO record in stereo, ‘.wav’ format and 48kHz 16bit if possible
  • If your recorder doesn’t have a mains supply then DO remember spare batteries!
  • DO immediately back up your recording and clearly label it with the interviewee’s name and date of interview
  • DO thank your interviewee and keep them up-to-date with your progress. Send them to so they know all about us!
  • DO make some good notes of your interview afterwards, using timecodes to help you navigate and giving each interview a list of the ‘themes’ or ‘topics’ covered


  • DON’T interrupt or contradict your interviewee! Be as polite as you can even if you disagree
  • DON’T talk too much in someone else’s interview – if you want to share your stories, get someone to interview you