A witness seminar is a method of collecting oral history material, whereby a number of people connected to an event or topic meet to share recollections of their involvement.[1][2][3][4] The results may be recorded or videoed and an edited transcript published.

The concept was conceived and formalised by the Institute of Contemporary British History (now the Centre for Contemporary British History) and was subsequently adopted by The History of Modern Biomedicine Group,[3] and published as volumes in the Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine series.


  1. ^ "Witness seminars – a new way of making history". Queen Mary University of London. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Children and Young People". King's College London. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine". The History of Modern Biomedicine Group. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  4. ^ Tansey, Tilli (28 September 2006). "Chapter 14: Witnessing the witnesses: Potentials and pitfalls of the witness seminar in the history of twentieth-century medicine". In Doel, Ronald E.; Söderqvist, Thomas (eds.). The Historiography of Contemporary Science, Technology, and Medicine: Writing Recent Science. Routledge. pp. 260–278. doi:10.4324/9780203323885. ISBN 978-020332388-5.