FIRST ARRIVALS: Passengers from the Empire Windrush arrive in England
THE KINGSWAY Project in Birmingham has received £36,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support an exciting project that will document the testimonies of Caribbean migrants settling into the United Kingdom from the 1940s to 60s.
Beginning November, ‘Windrush 70 and Beyond’ will recognise the contribution Caribbean migrants in Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley have made to British society and will preserve that Caribbean heritage for future generations.
Led by a development worker, a researcher and volunteers from the local community, the project will look at specific issues, including employment, housing, cuisine and cultural traditions in Britain, and record the stories of Caribbean seniors at informative community engagement sessions. It is hoped these inter-generational sessions will inspire people to think differently and understand the importance of passing on their cultural heritage.
The project will also give participants the chance to learn new skills in presenting and archiving, helping to preserve these important memories for future generations. The recollections will be used in a touring exhibition, a DVD and a commemorative event.
The project aims to demonstrate that whatever country you may migrate from to the United Kingdom, there is a shared experience that is still relevant to life today. The legacy of this work will be passing on Caribbean heritage and developing an understanding of newly arrived people in our communities.
Junior Waite, Chair person at Kingsway Project, said: "We are happy to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support and pay homage to Caribbean seniors as they pass on their cultural heritage to young people."
Vanessa Harbar, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “We’re delighted that National Lottery players will enable the Kingsway Project to record and share the testimonies of Caribbean migrants in the West Midlands. With HLF support, Windrush 70 and Beyond will help more people understand the social impact of migration, which is so particularly relevant today.”