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Oral History

Much of the theatre work of Rib Davis is oral history-based, and he has edited a number of books of oral history (most recently Woking Living Words). He has also written radio scripts using oral history (Women From The Vale), directed other oral history-based community projects (such as The Fabric of Milton Keynes) and has overseen both oral history websites and exhibitions. At The Lightbox, in Woking, he oversaw the oral history within the Woking's Story museum, which was a key element in the gallery and museum winning the Art Fund Prize 2008.

Having been involved in the collection and use of oral history since the late '70s, Rib Davis has been appointed an accredited trainer in oral history on behalf of the British Library and the Oral History Society. He has given training to, amongst others, the Science Museum, London, the Royal Opera House, the National Army Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain and Oxford University Press. At the British Library he presents Introduction to Oral History and Developing Your Oral History Skills as well as his own course Transcript to Script, on developing plays from oral history. He now conducts oral history training all over the UK and abroad; in recent years, on behalf of University College London, he has been giving training at the Museum of Islamic Art and other institutions in Doha, Qatar and in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. In 2015 and 2016 he delivered training at the American University in Kuwait; in 2016 he was also in Beirut working with the NGO Sharq, training Syrian refugees to interview each other.

In 2016 Rib Davis finished his work as oral history consultant on the Pass It On project at Chichester Festival Theatre; 2017-18 he is working on Protests of the 80s with the Isle of Dogs Living Archive, as consultant on the oral history project Millwall Changing Communities at Millwall Football Club and as oral history advisor on the For Walls with Tongues project of Greenwich Mural Workshop. 

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