Delores Cooper, OD, will present the event. Young people (16+) are invited to share with the older generation the important issues facing them today and how these concerns impact and shape their interactions with their community, especially in a diverse cultural environment like Birmingham.
Elders (50+) are invited to participate in oral history interviews that will be recorded and filmed to contribute to the project’s archival resources, leaving a legacy for future generations. With Jamaica gaining its independence from Britain in 1962, the interviews will focus on where they were at the time, how they felt about this historic event, and the extent Jamaica’s Independence influenced their own feelings of ‘home’, belonging and identity.
To help discover ‘Hidden Histories’ we are asking participants to bring postcards, letters, photographs, textiles, business archives or other artefacts of Jamaican origin. Charlie Phillips, Urban Photographer/ Collector, will present an ‘Antiques Roadshow’ style review, he commented ‘This event is well overdue because some of our objects ,artefacts, photographs , textiles, paintings , stamps, letters etc have not been passed down to the present generation, so they have no knowledge of their heritage’.
These items will be considered for the Jamaica Hidden Histories exhibitions in 2015 and will fill gaps in current collections and archives.
Commenting upon the significance of the project, Lorna Holder, Producer of Jamaica Hidden Histories’ said “By identifying and seeking out hidden histories of Jamaican contributions to the culture and economy of Britain, this project will establish a legacy that future generations can explore and expand upon
Jamaica Hidden Histories is an exciting educational project by Full Spectrum Productions and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It aims to unearth and communicate information to understand the history of Jamaica, its distinctive cultural identity and links with Britain, and how Jamaican culture has become a recognisable and global brand that continues to grow.
Venue: Andy Hamilton Studio, The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU
Date: Saturday 23rd August 2014
Admission: Free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.