We had a very engaging and interesting session on historical research as a part of the UK Armenians & WW1 project in the beginning of June 2016. It was run by Dr Roger Willoughby, a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at Newman University, Birmingham. The author of four books and various articles, he has a particular interest in the question of identity and the First World War. He has recently been involved in research looking at the intergenerational effects of the Armenian genocide on the contemporary citizens of the Republic of Armenia.

This informative session covered a number of practical steps and techniques for uncovering the Armenian stories from various British Miliary Archives. The session started with the introduction to historical research and genealogy, and an overview of online resources at The National Archives, Kew, on Ancestry.co.uk, and other resources. Dr Willoughby also gave us some fascinating examples of some of the hidden stories so far unearthed and showed how to use some of the online genealogy databases.

The discussions continued around the lunch table, with the participants contributing many ideas and suggestions about the research process of the project. Two days on, we already have a number of willing participants organising a trip to the Pewsey Library which holds a number of Armenian books, and some people starting their own investigations into WW1 stories.

Many thanks to all the attendees, it was great to see so many of you and we feel invigorated by your enthusiasm. Special thanks to Joe Nerssessian for filming the session and Mariam Aghajanyan for photography.


Coronavirus Notice


Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large and ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our staff and volunteers are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from Monday 16 March 2020, all our services including the face-to-face advice work, the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are suspended until further notice.

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Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors.           20 June 2020