The OpenLives project documented the experiences of Spanish migrants returning to Spain after settling in the UK. Researchers from the University of Southampton collected oral testimony, images and other ephemera. This collection digitises the interviews conducted as part of the project and offers access to the raw footage for download, hosted by the HumBox website.
Through the violence of the Spanish Civil War, the dictatorship of Franco, the establishment of a constitutional monarchy and the emergence of Spain as a mass European travel destination, the country underwent massive social and economic changes during the 21st century. Many migrants returning to Spain after an extensive period in the UK have been faced with a radically different country from the one they left and their experiences had not been formally recorded, prior to this project.