About the encyclopaedia
This online encyclopaedia covers various aspects of the past and present life of Ukrainians in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), with additional information on the history of relations between Ukraine and the UK. There are overview articles on various subjects, including topics relating to the arrival and settlement of Ukrainians in the UK and aspects of Ukrainian community life in the UK. The majority of articles are about individuals, organisations and periodicals. Explanatory articles on geographical entities relating to the United Kingdom are also included.
1. In the English-language section of the encyclopaedia, Ukrainian geographical and other non-descriptive proper names, with the exception of personal names, are generally given in transliteration from the Cyrillic into the Roman script, using the official Ukrainian transliteration table (e.g. Харків – Kharkiv, Товариство «Обнова» – Obnova Society, «Наш Клич» – Nash Klych).
2. Personal names are given in accordance with their customary Roman-script spelling, where known, which may be based on transliteration into a Roman-script language other than English. Where such customary spellings are not known, personal names are also transliterated using the official Ukrainian transliteration table.
3. Ukrainian descriptive proper names are translated into English (e.g. Союз Українців у Великій Британії – Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain).
4. The terms ‘oblast’ and ‘raion’, which occur in some articles, refer to administrative territories in Ukraine and can be approximately translated as ‘region’ and ‘district’, respectively.
5. Explanations of various terms pertaining to Ukrainian history are provided by means of links to the Historical Glossary, which itself contains links to relevant articles, mainly in the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine.
6. The bibliography at the end of an article, if present, normally includes selected printed works which expand on the subject of the article or parts of it.
The online encyclopedia published on this site is the work of a group of researchers and authors in the United Kingdom and Ukraine, contributing their work on a voluntary basis. The editorial team comprises Roman Krawec (London, editor), Ludmila Pekarska (London) and Roman Syrota (Lviv, Ukraine). Marta Jenkala (London) and Maria Semeniuk (London) conduct language reviews of articles in English and Ukrainian, respectively. Articles are written by members of the editorial team and other contributors, whose names are given at the end of individual articles.
Support for the project is provided by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB).
This online encyclopedia is based on work undertaken originally as part of a project to produce a multi-volume Encyclopedia of the Ukrainian Diaspora (EUD) about Ukrainians in countries around the world. The EUD project was initiated in 1987 by the signing of an agreement between the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the USA and the US-based Foundation of Friends of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine. In 1988 an editorial office was established in Chicago under the leadership of editor-in-chief Vasyl Markus (†), and in the same year work began in the United Kingdom on the collection of material for the British component of the EUD. From 1988 to 2002 Jaroslaw Hawrych (†) was the UK representative of the EUD editorial office and coordinator of work relating to the British component of the EUD (succeeded in 2002 by Roman Krawec). Over several years Dorota Szkromyda was the UK project administrator.
In 2003 the EUD editorial office concluded a co-operation agreement with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain. Within the framework this agreement, in 2007 a decision was made to begin the development of an online encyclopedia about Ukrainians in the UK, and in August 2008 the first articles were published on this site.
Of the originally planned volumes of the EUD, the first to be published, in 1995, was Volume 4 – Australia, Asia and Africa (main sponsors: Shevchenko Scientific Society in the USA and the Foundation of Friends of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine). In 2009 the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the USA published Book 1 (А-К) of Volume 1 – United States of America. Book 2 (L-R) was published in 2012, and the final part of the volume is in preparation. In 2009 an online version of Volume 1 was also launched, at http://eudusa.org/.
In addition to the individuals mentioned above, many other people have, over the years, contributed to the production of the encyclopaedia on this site, including, in particular: Dmytro Bartkiw (†), Wasyl Boreckyj (†), Edward Brodacky (†), Michael Dobriansky (†), Wolodymyr Gockyj (†), Georgius Jenkala (†), Yuriy B. Kovaliv, Oleksa Kurlak, Nina Martschenko (†), Iwanna Maszczak, Lubomyr Mazur, Wasyl Oleskiw (†), Roman Panas, Vera Smereka (†), Wasyl Tomkiw, Jaroslaw Wasyluk, Constantine Zelenko (†). The editorial team is indebted to them and to all others who have contributed to the project.