Central to Discovering and Documenting England’s Lost Jews is our oral history work. Over the course of the project our volunteer team will be gathering the living memories of Sephardim, and Jews from Arab countries in order to promote a wider knowledge of Sephardi and Arab-Jewish heritage in England. We want to explore culture, cuisine and music, as well as revealing childhood memories and life experiences. By working with volunteers of all ages from Jewish, and non-Jewish backgrounds, we will create a legacy of learning across age, culture and ethnic divides.

These interviews will uncover an important aspect of English history that is currently largely undocumented. These shared stories will be saved for future generations and inform One Lost Stone, our site-responsive performance at Novo Cemetery in June/July 2020 (venue and times to be announced).

Vivienne Avramoff talks about her heritage

Furthermore, the interviews will be showcased here on the website and as transcripts and photographs in the e-book of the project. The Oral History Society will train our Interviewers for the project. The collected memories from conducted interviews and transcriptions will contribute to the recording of an untold history and be preserved for generations to come.

Coming soon… Watch this space for portraits, edited audio interviews and transcriptions from our interviewees.

Share your stories and memories with us. Please leave a comment below or send a written piece to info@lostjews.org.uk for inclusion.