Update on our work, December 2019

Exhibition Launches

The first of our exhibition launches was at the Institute of Education at University College London on the 6th of September, where we were set up for two days, and received some extremely positive feedback.

The exhibition then moved to Stratford where we had our second, larger launch which was well attended. We were lucky to have the deputy mayor of Newham, Charlene McLean attend and make a speech.

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Meanwhile the team had a workshop on the education pack at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) which was extremely useful. At the end of October the Exhibition moved from Stratford Library to the LMA, where it stayed until the 5thth of November, when Tania, Sue and Robert went to Bristol. The exhibition was launched at the Vestibules at Bristol City Hall, with a busy event that was attended by the Mayor of the city.

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Following this we took the exhibition to the LMA on the 18th November where it stayed until our launch at Woodgrange Community Centre on the 22nd. Finally the exhibition went to the Wiener Library at the end of November, where it joined the library’s exhibition Forgotten Victims: The Nazi Genocide of the Roma and Sinti. Through being a temporary part of this fantastic exhibition, Roma Stories gained a lot of publicity, and was mentioned in Time magazine, and on BBC world service.

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Academic Seminar

In November Tania, Mihai, Robert and Ted spoke about the project at a seminar at Queen Mary University London, hosted by the Raphael Samuel History Society. They talked about their experiences of the project, as well as summarising the findings of the interviews and answering questions about memory, identity, trauma, myth and the process of interviewing. Their speeches were responded to by historians Graham Smith (Newcastle University) and Julia Laite (Birkbeck).

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