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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Chiefly 1991-2013
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
48 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Dr Maria Roussou, on behalf of the Diaspora Centre Trust.

Administrative / Biographical history

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

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in King’s College London Archives in successive accessions, 2007-2014.

Content & structure

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.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Generally open, subject to signature of Reader’s undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID. A few files contain personal data and are CLOSED for 80 years, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 2018.

Any reader wishing to view the content of VHS tapes must give sufficient advance notice so that staff can make digital access copies.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Head of Archives Services.

Language/scripts of material

Greek and English, plus a small amount of material in French and German.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

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.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives.

Related units of description

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.

Theatro Technis, 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.

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Aug 2015

Last updated: Thursday 27, August 2015


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  • Artists
  • Diaspora studies
  • Greek (cultural identity)

Personal names

  • Helen Vlasto Long

Corporate names

  • Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
  • Diaspora Centre Trust


  • Greece
  • Cyprus
  • Australia
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

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