- Chiefly 1991-2013 (Creation)
Level of description
Scope and content
Film and sound interviews conducted with Greek and Greek Cypriot migrants, chiefly 1991-2000, in the UK, USA, Australia, South Africa, Egypt, France, Germany and Cyprus, and related background research material.
The interviews include: the interviewees’ lives before and after migration; the role of the Greek Orthodox Church in migrant communities; business ventures among migrant communities; the role of education in the preservation of Greek Cypriot culture; Greek Cypriot traditional dance and poetry; the challenges of preserving a cultural identity; the life experiences of former migrants who later returned to Cyprus; recollections of Greek-Turkish conflict in Cyprus; life under British rule in Cyprus; rebellion against British rule in Cyprus, 1950s; the impact of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, 1974.
The related research material includes: interviews in a smaller pilot study, conducted 1990-1993, on the life experiences of the traditional lace makers and sellers of Kato Drys village, Cyprus; notes, research papers, books, pamphlets, newsletters and brochures, 1966-2013, relating to the history, language, religion, business, education and cultural identity of migrant Greek and Greek Cypriot communities in the UK and elsewhere in the twentieth century; papers, 1991-2013, relating to the establishment and running of the Diaspora Centre Trust (DCT); publications, 1991-1998, produced by the DCT; books, 1996-2009 on global migration; books and papers, 1979-1997, on Greek Cypriot poetry; photographs, 1908-2006, of interviewees, their relatives, and Greek Cypriot community events.
System of arrangement
In themed sections - see detailed catalogue.
Name of creator
The recording of interviews with Greeks and Greek Cypriots around the world, and the collecting of related material, was undertaken 1991-2013.
Placed in King’s College London Archives in successive accessions, 2007-2014.
Conditions governing access
Files containing personal data are closed for 80 years from the date of the most recent document in the file.
Where open, access is subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.
Any reader wishing to view the content of VHS tapes must give sufficient advance notice so that staff can make digital access copies where they do not already exist.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.
Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.
Language of material
Script of material
Loose papers, pamphlets, published volumes, VHS tapes, DVDs and CDs. Digital access copies of VHS tapes will be produced as and when required.
This summary guide, and a detailed catalogue.
Place access points
People and Organisations
Genre access points
Rules and/or conventions used
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.