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Date created: 8/19/2020

The latest oral history project to be catalogued and added to the holdings at London Metropolitan Archives is ROMA Stories (reference LMA/4761). The project undertaken by the ROMA Support Group 2018-19 records the stories and experiences of Roma people from Eastern and Central Europe who live in London and captures life in post war communist countries, Roma genocide in the Second World War and the perceptions of Roma identity today and how this is changing.

As well as the oral testimonies, the collection includes transcripts and translations of all the recordings, project drawings by Robert Czibi (Roma artist, and contributor to the oral history testimonies), photographs of the interviewees and project events, as well as a short film documentary.

Roma stories poster
Roma stories. copyright Robert Czibi

The collection is only available onsite at LMA, however further information, learning resources, the film and interview extracts may be found on the extensive Roma Stories project website.

The Roma Support Group is one of the main Roma-led registered charities in the UK. It aims to make the public aware of Roma heritage, culture and their current situation in the UK through publications, training and cultural events, and to improve the quality of life for Roma refugees and migrants by supporting them to overcome prejudice, social exclusion and vulnerability. For further information, please see the Roma Support Group website.

Explore the collection on the LMA Catalogue