Send Your Expat Memories to Us for Free Via Voerman

18 February 2013

This week were delighted to receive our first ever delivery for the Archive delivered by Voerman International removals.

The collection came from the UK, but was heavy and would have been very expensive to send by courier or the postal service. Our partnership with Voerman gives us the opportunity to offer a free pickup service for your expat material. Wherever you are in the world, Voerman can collect your donation when they are next in that area and deliver it safely to our archive. If you have something smaller to send, we will be happy to refund your postage.


We collect and preserve the life stories of expats and their families, worldwide and in any language. Our emphasis is on unique personal writing and collections in contrast to already published material, preferably unedited material written at the time and not rewritten later.

We collect diaries and memoirs, blogs, letters and emails, postcards, films and recordings, and any other paperwork to do with your life abroad such as invites, tickets, packing lists, school reports, and official documents.

Free pickup with Voerman isn’t the only free service we provide. Once your collection has been scanned and digitalised, we will send you a CD with your collection on it for you to keep. You will also have peace of mind that we will store your material properly and respect any special requirements that you make on your signed donation agreement.

So why should you donate your expat story to us? We will keep your collection together so that it won’t be split up or lost, and we have the facilities to store it in a proper archival environment. You will be supporting expat research and helping us to preserve the social history of expatriate life. Above all, we treasure your memories. We know the true sentimental, historical, and academic value of your memories and experiences. We do not exploit them for gain, but acknowledge the educational and social value your contribution brings to the greater picture.

If you would like to arrange a donation of your expat story, don’t delay – contact us today. Don’t worry about getting it in order, we can do that for you – and you are welcome to add to it at a later date. Find out more about donating your story.