The Special Collections and Archives hold an ever growing collection of oral histories. It’s a living collection, preserving the voices of London: personal histories and reflections from the 1940’s to the present day.

Bishopsgate Institute’s oral histories were captured initially as part of our unique ‘Bishopsgate Voices’ project. The collections have been expanded with interviews from partnership projects, and projects by external groups or individuals. Many of the interviews have transcripts.

These oral histories broadly sit within two key collecting areas: the everyday lives of Londoners, and grass roots protest and campaigning movements. The scope of the interviews is often wider, showing issues of national and international importance through the lens of a local and personal experience.


  1. The Weekend Millionaires: An Oral History of the Thames Lightermen


  2. On The Docks: An Oral History of London Dock Workers


  3. Lappings, Lemel and Sweeps: Stories from Hatton Garden


  4. Young Rebels: The Story of the Southall Youth Movement


  5. Holding The Baby Archive


  6. Doing It Ourselves Archive

    2018 - 2019

  7. Fighting SUS Archive

    2018 - 2019

  8. Constructing Post-War Britain

  9. Sources of the Sacred

  10. Occupy Oral History Project

    2011 - 2012

  11. Digital:Works

  12. Taken for Granted Oral History Project