Refugee Week: Oral History Roundtable

Refugee Week: Oral History Roundtable

Speakers who have worked on oral history projects with migrants and refugees share their perspectives, as part of the UEL Archives' Boundaries of Diversity series.

We are very pleased to be able to run this event as the re-launch of the Oral History Society Migration Special Interest Group during Refugee Week 2019 and the London Festival of Architecture. This event is open to anyone with an interest in oral history and the role it must play in helping us to document, preserve and make accessible the narratives and stories of migration.
Our event will offer the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers and practitioners who have worked with oral history projects in on migration and refugee issues. It will also provide an opportunity to view selected exhibition and archival materials in the Archive room and the chance to network and discuss your own projects and contribute ideas on how we can develop the Migration SIG.
This event will be held at the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London. UEL has been home to the Refugee Council Archive for over sixteen years now and the collection is developing into one of the largest collections in the UK focusing on refugee and migration experiences. The archive now contains a growing number of collections focusing on issues of refugee and migration studies with an increasing focus on the role of oral history. Recent archival deposits have included ‘Voices of Kosovo in Manchester (VOKIM)’ and `Gujarati Yatra.’

This is part of a series of events, do check out the others in the programme:

Silvertown Explosion Exhibitions and Tate Lives
Refugee Week Exhibition
Q&A with Dina Nayeri
Oral History Roundtable
Poetry Workshop with Sonia Quintero
Heritage Open Day at the UEL Archives

All of our events will be FREE and open to the local community.

Boundaries of Diversity: Migration, Regeneration and Community Heritage in the Royal Docks.

Organised by the the Archives service at the University of East London, "Boundaries of Diversity" will be a month long exhibition and series of events in June including workshops, talks and family events exploring issues of migration, regeneration and the community both within the Royal Docks and more broadly in East London. In collaboration with colleagues at the University and external partners including the Oral History Society, this series of events and exhibitions born out of our work with traditional archival and oral history sources exploring the issues of boundaries and diversity within the local context. A month long exhibition will be staged at the UEL Archives in Docklands and Stratford showcasing work from our Tate Lives projects in North Woolwich and Silvertown and the notions of what is meant by the "boundaries" within both the built environment and personal contexts. We will also explore the role and impacts of migration with a local context.

The Archive is located on the Ground Floor of the UEL Docklands Campus Library.

Time & date

Thu 20 June


UEL Docklands Campus, Archives (Room DL.G.02)


Free, registration required
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