Minority Histories in Hertfordshire - A Call for Material

The Hertfordshire County Council BAME Staff Network and Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies

Stevenage Caribbean and African Association visiting the archives
hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

We are living through an unprecedented period in our history with the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Coronavirus has had an impact on how we work and interact with each other as well as how we live our lives.

Hertfordshire County Council’s BAME network feel we should play a central role in capturing and preserving the events that are happening through these exceptional times and we are collaborating with Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies to ensure that this history is preserved.

We want to make BAME history, heritage and culture in Hertfordshire more visible. We would like accounts from BAME communities, using their own words, stories, documents, records and materials that cover events such as Windrush, Covid-19, success stories (individual, family, community), life stories etc.

We want to capture this information for future researchers, educators and commentators and to ensure that our collective history represents all Hertfordshire communities. We will work with Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies on this and future projects; their expertise will be invaluable in documenting and preserving your treasured information.

Black History Month

In particular we are working on a new exhibition on the Herts Memories website (printed information will also be available) for Black History Month in October 2020 and would like to hear from you if you are from the Windrush generation or their descendants and any local success stories (business and personal).

How to get Involved

Please share your experiences, reflections and responses about who you are – you can speak to us direct, share videos, photos, newspaper articles, blogs, creative projects, journals and diaries – anything you think tells the story of you and your community through the years.  Please do not include information, the thoughts and personal details of other people without their permission – always ask first.

Your information can be attached to an email.

Please use the form below to give your full name, contact details (email address, phone number) and some contextual information – who created the item, why, and why is it important to you? Where and when was it made or found?  This information is needed so your contributions can be properly recorded.

Please email your submissions to bame@hertfordshire.gov.uk. You can contact us if you have any queries at the BAME email address or Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies hals.enquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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This page was added on 08/09/2020.

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