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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Oakley, Robin (b 1940)
Chiefly 1965-2012
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
6 boxes, 1 outsize file


Name of creator(s)

Oakley, Robin (b 1940), sociologist

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1940.  Studied Social Science, Cambridge University, 1959-1962; worked on archaeological excavations during summer vacations, 1961-1962, in Greece and Turkey; worked in archaeology, Greece and Middle East, 1962-1963; diploma in Anthropology, Oxford University, 1963-1964; lecturer in Sociology, Bedford College, London, 1965-1983; undertook extensive research on migration and settlement of Greek and Turkish Cypriots in the UK, 1965-1971; PhD, 1971; on the staff of the Centre for the Study of Community and Race Relations, Brunel University, London, 1983-1988; independent consultant on racism, ethnicity and integration of minorities in the UK and Europe, 1988-.

Principal publications: editor, New backgrounds: the immigrant child at home and at school (Oxford University Press, 1968); ‘The Cypriots in Britain’, in Race today, 1970; PhD thesis, ‘Cypriot migration and settlement in Britain’, Oxford University, 1971; ‘Family, kinship and patronage: the Cypriot migration to Britain’, in Minority families in Britain: support and stress (London, Macmillan, 1979); ‘Cypriot families’ in Families in Britain (London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982); ‘The control of Cypriot migration to Britain between the wars’, in Immigrants & minorities, 1987; Changing patterns of distribution of Cypriot settlement (University of Warwick Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, 1987); ‘Cypriot migration to Britain prior to World War II’, in New community, 1989; ‘The Turkish peoples of Cyprus’, in The Turkic peoples of the world (London, Kegan Paul International, 1993); a series of reports, 1993-2011, published by the Council of Europe, on ethnic relations, policing and the situation of Roma in Europe.


Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in King’s College London Archives by Dr Oakley, 2015.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Articles by Robin Oakley on Greek Cypriot immigrants in the UK, 1968-2011, and related background material, 1920-2007, including: reports, articles and maps relating to the twentieth century history of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus; notes, correspondence and articles relating to Greek Cypriots worldwide, especially in the USA and Australia; research material on Greek Cypriot immigration to the UK in the early twentieth century, including copy passenger lists and the personal reminiscences of London restaurateur John Stais; articles on the social conditions, education and health of Greek Cypriots in London, 1960s-1990s; published directories and guides (4 items) relating to Greek and Turkish Cypriots in London, 1965-1982; research notes on Greek Cypriots in Leeds, 1966.  Also text of an MPhil thesis by Vicky Aloneftis, ‘”We’re different, we’re Greeks from London not Cyprus”: ethnic identity amongst Greek Cypriot youth in North London’, 1984, and a published book of photographs, Here and there: the Greek Cypriot community in London, by photojournalists Marianna Economou and Paul Halliday, 1988.

System of arrangement

The collection is in a series of 19 files, as outlined above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of a Reader’s undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

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
English and Greek.
Finding aids

This summary guide, and a file list available in the Archives Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

King’s College London: the Greek Diaspora Archive holds extensive interviews and related material concerning Greek Cypriot immigrants and their families in the UK

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

September 2015

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