Do You Have A Story?


We are about to start a new phase in which we will interview Sephardim and Jews from other diasporas. We want to understand how different waves of displacement have influenced English life over the centuries and also how they are experienced today. Through oral history interviews and archival research, we will explore Sephardic culture, cuisine and music, as well as revealing childhood memories and life experiences. These narratives will provide a stimulus and text for a series of small dramas that will be played out in a site-responsive guided tour in and around the Novo Cemetery in Queen Mary University of London on 22 September 2019. 

We’re looking for:

  • a team of 20 enthusiastic volunteers to research, conduct, film and transcribe the interviews. This is open to all people of all backgrounds and ages.
  • Jews whose antecedents came from the Iberian Peninsula, the Ottoman Empire, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and the Balkans to interview.

Research and Oral History Volunteers will be given training in:

  • Oral History (from the Oral History Society)
  • Research methods
  • Filming and video work

Those willing to share their stories will have them saved for future generations not just in the performance at Novo Cemetery, but on the website and published in the e-book of our project.

If you’re interested in getting involved – either to share your history or as a research/oral history volunteer – please get in touch with Polly Rodgers on