This project was developed by working closely with the Outreach team at Birmingham Libraries and Archives (Izzy Mohammed and Dr Andrew Green), and with Dr Lisa Goodson, lecturer at the Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham. The support provided by our partners helped in the development and delivery of the project.
Birmingham Libraries and Archives’ senior archivists, Corinna Rayner and Rachel MacGregor, provided important support around archive skills training. Thanks also to Brigitte Winsor for her advice regarding our exhibition. The project also received training from the Oral History Society which helped in the collection of interviews from members of the community. The combination of all this support led the project to eventually deposit a collection of over 30 oral histories. This was a very important moment for the project and the community.
Delivering this project means that we can support the further integration of the community, and contribute towards a more cohesive city and society. The archive offers an impressive collection of material and learning sources through the individuals I have talked with regarding why they – or their parents – came to the United Kingdom, their experiences when they arrived, their subsequent experiences of settlement and integration, as well as, their achievements and contributions within their adopted society.
The project produced a book, which looks at the migration and integration of the African population in Birmingham, an exhibition and online material.
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Frederick Ebot Ashu (CAASS UK Project Manager)