Devon's Multicultural History

Telling Our Stories, Finding Our Roots: Devon’s Multicultural History will focus on the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) history of three very different Devon towns: Tiverton, a semi-industrial town near to Exeter; Okehampton, a rural market town and gateway to Dartmoor; and Bideford, a significant port in North Devon.

Through the project, we will support teams of local volunteers to explore and share the rich and diverse history of their communities. Through archival research and oral history, the project will uncover untold stories of BAME* residents past and present. This will include stories from European or other people from abroad who have moved and settled in the towns, and from Black British citizens and other British citizens who have a different culture, faith or ethnicity from the main population of the towns.

At the end of the project, we will share the stories we have discovered through public storytelling events in each town. A dedicated website will provide a permanent digital archive, making the rich and fascinating stories of our participants accessible to anyone, anywhere. We will also develop teaching and school resources, to share the project content with young people across Devon.


Updates:

In July, we appointed the Project Coordinator, Nicole Redfern, based in the DDE office in Exeter. We also appointed a Community Heritage Co-ordinator in each of the 3 towns:  Lizzie Mee, who is based in the Tiverton Museum, Laurel Miller, based in the Ockment Community Centre in Okehampton, and Rose Young-French, with a desk at the CVS in Bideford.

Current opportunities:

Project Admin Volunteer

We are looking for an organised and dynamic person to help us with the admin and social media for the project. Please see the job description here.

Oral History and Research Volunteers

We are looking for oral history and research volunteers in Tiverton, Bideford and Okehampton. Please see the flyer here for more details.

The project will provide full training for volunteers in the required skills: research using archives and the internet, oral history interviewing and story-telling skills.

Other skills?

Do you have other skills you’d like to offer the project (eg. sound editing, video editing, transcription)?  Please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

Please email Project Coordinator Nicole Redfern on nicoletosfor@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding any of the roles above.

DDE will pay for travel and out of pocket expenses for volunteers.

Partners:

This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other funders. 

We are delighted to be working with community groups and museums in each town, including our heritage partners: Tiverton Museum, The Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton, and the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford.

For more information contact DDE or Nicole on nicoletosfor@gmail.com

*We use BAME to mean members of Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, migrants from anywhere in the world, and British people with heritage from other countries, cultures or faiths.

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