British Ugandan Asians at 50

Highlighting the experience of British Ugandan Asians in and after 1972, and the many volunteers who helped them.

Objectives & Scope

Objectives and Scope


  • Recording, on film, the oral histories of people who volunteered to help with the reception of Asians from Uganda during the crucial early months after their arrival in the UK.

  • Bringing together a wealth of period photograph, artefacts and documents into a Touring Exhibition.

  • Arranging events, including four Panel Discussions featuring distinguished speakers on Ugandan Asian themes, and a National Service of Commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2023.

  • Collecting images of over 300 fascinating period documents from the National Archives and other sources

  • Archiving the documents, video footage and other materials at the Living Refugee Archive as a resource for future generations.

  • To bring mainstream attention to the circumstances of the Uganda Expulsion and the British Ugandan Asian Community’s contribution to the fabric of modern British society

  • To identify, collate and digitise official and private documents relating to the Exodus and archive them professionally for posterity in an open access online format

  • To collate and digitalise photographs, videos and personal papers from the British Ugandan Asian community, both of their lives in Uganda and the early years in the UK

  • To create ongoing collaborations to foster research into the Uganda Exodus, East African Migration to the UK in general, Migration and Diaspora Studies

  • To foster British East African Asian co-operation and identity as a group


Last modified: 27th july 2022