If you love storytelling or are from a diverse ethnic background and would like to share your story to create a more inclusive society then be at The Beehive, Honiton on 29th November for an informal launch event for the town’s new Telling Our Stories, Finding Our Roots project.
The team from Telling Our Stories will be there to talk about the multicultural history project’s aims, ambitions and to answer your questions. It’s an opportunity to share stories over a drink and something to eat.
Jess Huffman, Project Coordinator in Honiton says: “People think of Devon as being monocultural when in fact there is a rich hidden history of multiculturalism in the county.
“In Honiton we’ve already uncovered fascinating stories from the Romany gypsy community, from those of Ugandan Asian heritage who arrived here after having to leave their home country in the 1970s and those from Poland who arrived here after the Second World War. Some further research will bring these stories to life. We know storytelling is a powerful way to educate and share our common experiences.”
“We’re looking for volunteer storytellers to bring the stories of these communities to life and for those from diverse ethnic backgrounds to share the stories of their lives in
Devon. This project is both a celebration of the positive contribution of diverse communities in the county and a means to create new exhibitions and educational resources to re-write the narrative for a more inclusive society.”
Volunteers will receive free training in researching and interviewing and support with storytelling. All expenses will be fully covered.
The Telling Our Stories, Finding Our Roots project in Honiton started in June 2023 and will take 18 months to complete, finishing at the end of 2024. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
It continues two previous Telling Our Stories projects in Exeter, Barnstaple, Bideford and Okehampton.