Through the generations: Tamil oral history project

Through the generations: Tamil oral history project is a one-year oral history project narrated and conducted by different generations of Tamils in London. The project uses oral history, documentary film and social media to capture and communicate the stories of the Tamil-speaking people of the island of Sri Lanka, and their descendants, who migrated to London between 1958 – 2009.

Tamil generations website now online

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) and the Tamil  Community Centre, Hounslow are delighted to announce the launch of the Through the generations: Tamil oral history project website.

Visit the website here

Through the generations: Tamil oral history project book available for download

Tamil oral history project - Through the generations: Placing the past in the presentPlacing the Past in the Present: Tamil Oral History in London chronicles the stories, memories and experiences of Sri Lankan Tamils in London. It is one piece of the larger, one-year Through the generations: Tamil oral history project conducted in 2012.

Download your copy here.






Tamil oral history project exhibition dates extended

For those who were unable to make it to the Tamil oral history project exhibition at Hounslow Library, we are delighted to announce that the Tamil Community Centre will be hosting the project exhibition between 28 January and 8 February.

Refugee Week spotlight on Tamil-speaking migrants

Tamil Community Centre/Tamil Oral History Project Refugee Week programme announced

In 1958 the Tamil oral history project’s (TOHP) first UK story began with an unlikely journey from Colombo to Notting Hill. In a twist of irony, riots in these two capital cities were the (dis)order of the day, bridging the experiences of minority ethnic communities across continents and oceans. 

Almost fifty-five years later, Tamil-speaking people are still making the long journey from Sri Lanka to the UK. Between 18 and 24 June 2012, Refugee Week will celebrate the stories of refugees in the UK for whom home became a difficult place to remain.

The Tamil Community Centre and TOHP are marking the occasion with a programme of events, starting with a TCC-hosted Refugee Week launch celebration tonight, 18 June, in Hounslow at 5:00pm.

On Saturday 23 June, over fifteen Tamil Community Centre young people will then convene for day two of a TOHP/Migrante Project photography workshop, participating in training on how to take photographs that we feel best represent our world and how we see it.

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Tamil Community Centre women exchange stories of migration for International Women's Day

On 30 March, a Tamil Community Centre women's group hosted a story hour on women and migration to celebrate International Women's Day.  

தமிழ் மக்களின் குடியேற்றம் தொடர்பாக கூறப்படாத உண்மைக் கதைகள்

நீங்கள் லண்டனில் வாழும் ஸ்ரீ லங்கா நாட்டைச் சேர்ந்த தமிழ் இனத்தவரா? நீங்கள் அல்லது உங்களது பெற்றோர் இலங்கையில் இருந்து பிரித்தானிய நாட்டிற்குக்குடிபெயர்ந்தவர்களா?

அப்படியாயின் உங்களது அனுபவத்தைக் குறிக்கும் கதை பலரது கூறப்படாத அனுபவங்களில் ஒன்றாக இருக்கலாம்.

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