Key Information

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  • Chiefly 1991-2013 (Creation)

Level of description



48 boxes

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.

General Information

Name of creator

Biographical history

The recording of interviews with Greeks and Greek Cypriots around the world, and the collecting of related material, was undertaken 1991-2013.

Custodial history

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

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek

Script of material

Physical Description

Loose papers, pamphlets, published volumes, VHS tapes, DVDs and CDs. Digital access copies of VHS tapes will be produced as and when required.

Finding aids

This summary guide, and a detailed catalogue.

Related materials

King’s College London Archives: the papers, 1960-2007, of Dr Robin Oakley relate to his research on Greek and Turkish Cypriot immigrants in the UK in the late twentieth century.

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King’s College London, holds a number of collections relating to the activities of British forces in Cyprus, 1950s-1970s.

<a href="" target="_blank">Theatro Technis</a>, London NW1, holds a collection of still and moving images, documents and printed material relating to its past dramatic productions and its role as a social and cultural centre for the Greek Cypriot Community in London, 1957 to date. The papers of Angelique Rockas, actor with Theatro Technis, are held at the British Library and the British Film Institute Special Collections.

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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