Our Archive

Our archive is currently housed at the British Library and at Beit Hatfutsot. 

Please get in touch if you have questions.

Share your Story

Every story counts!

If you or a family member were born in the Middle East, North Africa or Iran and live in the UK, we would be very interested to record your story. 

Our interviews follow a conversational style and to an extent we will be lead by you. There are, however, topics of conversation we will always   cover,   including  family  background,

parents and grandparents, childhood, religious occasions and traditions, leaving the country of birth and your life up to the point of the interview. 

We prefer to interview participants in their own homes. We usually begin mid-morning and ask for the whole day to be kept free so nobody feels rushed. On the arranged day the interviewer and our lovely cameraman Frank will come to the participants house and set up. The interviewer will ask some basic introductory questions (such as date of birth), and then the interview will begin. You will always be able to take as many breaks as you want. At the end of the interview there will be the opportunity to share photographs or any other documents or objects that you feel is important to your story. We will film these – a process that can take up to an hour depending on how many there are.


COVID-19 UPDATE:

The health and well-being of our interviewees and interviewers is of the utmost importance to us. We are currently offering the option to have a socially distanced interview outdoors if the interviewee's house and location allows it. Otherwise, we are interviewing on Zoom.

SVUK is grateful for the support of The Exilarch's Foundation, The KC Shasha Charitable Foundation & The Shoresh Charitable Trust

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