The launch of a new website - an internet-encyclopaedia “Ukrainians in the UK” - took place last night during a meeting held at the Ukrainian Institute in Holland Park.  The website is intrinsically linked to a larger project - the “Encyclopaedia of the Ukrainian Diaspora” (EUD).

Roman Krawec, who is Chief Editor and initiator of the site, summarised its history and highlighted that parts of the EUD have already been published (a volume covering the Ukrainian diaspora in Australia, Africa and Asia, and Part 1 of a volume on the USA).  Preparations are afoot to collate separate volumes on other parts of the world, including Western Europe.

During a visit to London in 2003, the Chief Editor of  EUD project, Professor Vasyl Markus, signed an agreement with the AUGB which effectively set in motion work on the UK section of the EUD.  This will not only appear in the EUD volume on Western Europe, but also as a publication in its own right. 

Mr Krawec stressed upon the impartiality of the project.  The editorial board has and continues to work with people of all religious and political persuasions in researching and collating material for the publication.

Completed texts are now posted onto the website as and when they are completed as part of an ongoing exercise.

Ludmila Pekarska, who is a member of the UK EUD editorial board representing the AUGB, explained the significance of project, illustrated the website as it looks today and showed some of the unique photographs that will appear shortly.  One, dating back to 1915, is of a Ukrainian wedding and is thought to be one of the oldest photographs in existence depicting Ukrainians in the UK.

The third member of the editorial board is Roman Syrota, a Lviv University-based historian specialising in pre-war British-Ukrainian connections, who recently completed a two-year research fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Maria Semeniuk is the project's Ukrainian language adviser.

The website address is:



Ukrayinska Dumka


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