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History projects tells the diverse story of Gloucester

MEMORIES: Carlton Green

A NEW exhibition at Waterstones in Gloucester tells the stories of people who have moved to the city from abroad.

It will tell the story of immigrants who moved to the Barton and Tredworth area of Gloucester in the 1960s and 70s.

The exhibition is based on a community website, www.bartonandtredworth.org.uk/black history month. The website grew out of the Hidden Lives Project, which took place throughout 2011, in which Gloucestershire Archives worked with Gloucester Theatre Company and the University of Gloucestershire collecting memories, oral histories and photos of the area.

Among the stories featured in the exhibition and on the website is that of Carlton Green who travelled from Jamaica to Gloucester in the 1960s.

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He recalls: "When we came here we believed we would be well accommodated and well received by the host community. Well, it wasn't as rosy as that. When one of our countrymen bought a house he would accommodate as many of our fellow Jamaicans as he could. I can remember at one stage there were four of us in one room. We made the best of it because we knew that at some stage in our lives we were going to come out of that situation.”

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member with responsibility for archives, said: “This is a fantastic resource, bringing black history to life locally, and is a great way to mark Black History Month.”

Heather Forbes, head of Gloucestershire Archives, said: “The exhibition at Waterstones is a great opportunity for people to learn about the histories of people who have moved to Gloucester from overseas. The recordings that were used to put the exhibition together are just some of the many records held at Gloucestershire Archives that document the diverse history of the county."

To find out more, please visit: www.bartonandtredworth.org.uk

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