About the Oral History Project


The opinions expressed in these interviews are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Defence Forces.

About the Project

The Military Archives Oral History Project (MAOHP) began officially in 2015 with the aim of digitally recording memory, oral history and tradition associated with the Defence Forces since its inception in 1922. In the first three years of the project, the MAOHP has collected more than 250 interviews from predominantly former members of the Defence Forces, including the integration of previously collected interviews and legacy material. The collection includes direct testimony from interviewees who had served in the Congo, Lebanon, Cyprus, Chad and in other overseas missions as part of the United Nations mission. Interviews also documented the Defence Forces experience at home from the 1940s, including the Emergency (World War II), training, evolution and development of the Defence Forces in the 1950s, the border, the Air Corps, Naval Operations, ceremonial responsibilities, as well as multiple human and social stories associated with those experiences. The MAOHP will continue to reach out to personnel from across all ranks in the Defence Forces and will also capture memory and tradition from individuals who have connections or knowledge relating to the Defence Forces and associated information.

Dissemination Plans

The MAOHP aims to provide access to all collected material as soon as possible. However, the Military Archives will take all required care, to fully process the material to the highest ethical and archival standards before making recorded material available. In parallel to recording, the MAOHP is processing material in order to create a fully usable resource for the public. 268 audio segments have been extracted from processed material in order to illustrate the nature of our material and to make available collected material in so far as is possible at this point. To listen to the interviews these segments are taken from, please contact the Duty Archivist to arrange an appointment in our Reading Room.