Twenty-eight oral history interviews concerning the British experience in India during the British Raj, recorded by the India Office Library & Records [subsequently the Oriental and India Office Collection, British Library]. Interviewees include British civil servants, officers of the Indian Army, businesspeople, legal and medical professionals, and their families.
Memories of the British in India Oral Archive
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 102 OA4
- Former ReferenceGB 102 OA2/59-OA2/181
- Dates of Creation1978-1987
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description28 oral history interviews
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Memories of the British in India was an oral history series recorded by the India Office Library & Records [subsequently the Oriental and India Office Collection, British Library]. The India Office Library & Records interviews followed recordings conducted on the same subject by the BBC radio series 'Plain Tales from the Raj' (1974) and the British in India Oral Archive Project (1975-1976) which was based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Interviews are arranged in the order in which they were sent to SOAS Library by the British Library.
Conditions Governing Access
Sound recordings currently unavailable at SOAS Library due to preservation reasons. Researchers can access copies of these recordings at the British Library Listening & Viewing Service. For more details see www.bl.uk/listening or contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7412 7418.
Donated to SOAS Library by British Library; India Office Library & Records between 1983 and 1984.
Conditions Governing Use
Private study only. For publication or broadcast please refer to Archivist.
Copyright held by British Library
Interviews in this collection were previously classified as part of the 'British in India Oral Archive Project' collection [ref. OA2]. They were reclassified in September 2014 as a separate collection to reflect that this set of interviews originated from a different source.
Location of Originals
The India Office Library & Records Interviews collection [Reference: C63] available at the British Library Listening & Viewing Service, comprises 125 oral history interviews conducted for the British Library India Office Library & Records division. These include the original recordings for the twenty-eight interviews held in the 'OA4: Memories of the British in India' collection at SOAS Library.