NEWHAM FAMILY TREE

The Family Tree – let us tell you more….

Great British Community Poster Our Newham Family Tree Project is the pilot for what we hope will be a nation-wide programme. We are creating a digital family tree of Newham, in the form of an interactive website. This tree will be covered in stories of Newham collected by our researchers and the public. It will show the histories of the different groups which make up Newham at its roots, and the benefits of diversity in the branches. We hope that this will help to fight the myth that diversity is a new, negative force in the UK and beat isolation and discrimination in our communities.

There are 2 stages to the programme, the first trains young people as researchers, which we have run in partnership with Goldsmiths’ University. The second phase gains involvement from the wider community, collecting the stories and memories that celebrate the contributions of diversity to Newham.

The Family Tree will be fully accessible, full of short and engaging pieces of information, films and pictures. Once it’s launched the public will be invited to add their own stories and those of their families, communities and businesses to the Tree.

 

But it doesn’t stop in Newham. We’re creating the website as a template, so that it can be used in other boroughs, towns, cities, villages, to create their own Family Trees. In addition, we are developing education resources that will be free for schools and community groups to use as part of their curriculum, or as a stand alone project.

How you can get involved:

Great British Community Poster We would love to hear from you if you would like to help with the Family Tree of Newham.
And here’s how….

Research for us – do you want to help research the stories that will feature on the Family Tree?

Suggest a story – do you know of someone whose story needs to be told?

Write a story – would you like to write a story yourself? If so, email us and we will send a form for you to use.

Have a look at the ‘Story Subjects’ in the next box to see more about the sort of stories we’re looking for.

Newham Family Tree Stories:

 

Link Up (UK) is looking for stories that represent the “best of the borough”, to be displayed on the Family Tree of Newham website:

  • We want stories about the people, places, groups, events, businesses etc. which have made a positive contribution to Newham.
  • We also want the stories of people from Newham whose positive contribution was felt elsewhere, perhaps even internationally.
  • “Positive contribution” can range from a lollipop lady and someone who volunteers their time, to an Olympic athlete and a Battle of Britain hero. Plus every shade in between! We want to hear from every part of Newham life, not just the headliners, but the everyday heroes too.
  • People who go above and beyond what is expected, whether in their jobs, or in their communities by sharing time, resources, work, education, interests, supporting others ……
  • People, groups and organisations who help make improvements in many areas of life. Community cohesion and education opportunities for example, or perhaps who have changed perceptions of diverse groups for the better.

By displaying the stories that show the best of the borough, we will show the positive contributions all its diverse groups and communities have made, together.

The Latest Blogs from the Newham Family Tree Project

Dr Hannah Hedwig Striesow

Dr Hannah Hedwig Striesow

Receiving the Outstanding citizen award in 2001 from Newham Council, Hanna Hedwig Striesow (nee Kohn) is still remembered for her services and dedication to the Newham Community. Continue Reading

NEWHAM FAMILY TREE – NATASHA HART MBE

NEWHAM FAMILY TREE – NATASHA HART MBE

Natasha Hart PhotoNatasha Hart moved to east London from her native Russia 26 years ago. She had played basketball in her youth and as a mother she wanted to pass on her love for the game to her two teenage sons. Continue Reading

Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis Linda Lewis, once described as the ‘Cockney-Jamaican Gracie Fields’, is one of Britain’s most respected and talented singer songwriters, with a career spanning more than four decades. With her five-octave vocal range, she has fused folk, soul, pop and reggae into a unique signature sound that is now an integral part of the… Continue Reading

Elizabeth Fry

Elizabeth Fry

Elizabeth Fry was a preacher and reformer. She was born in Norwich in 1780 to the Gurneys, a wealthy Quaker family Continue Reading

EKTA Project

EKTA Project

As well as providing services and campaigning for better access to care, Ekta Project also tackles taboo subjects that affect the lives of people in the community. Continue Reading

Daisy Parsons

Daisy Parsons

Daisy Parsons was born on May 25 1890. She was born Marguerite Lena Millo, the daughter of Alfred Albert Millo, a dealer in jewellery and his wife, Emily Elizabeth née Moxley, a charlady. Continue Reading

Newham Family Tree – Ethnicity Update

Newham Family Tree – Ethnicity Update

As Newham is such an ethnically diverse borough, in fact it is one of the most ethnically diverse districts in the country, there is plenty of material on the positive impact of ethnicity. Continue Reading

Newham Family Tree – LGBT

Newham Family Tree – LGBT

Researching positive stories about the lives of LGBTs in Newham has been very challenging, but in a way, equally exciting…Only one LGBT group exists in Newham, the Paris Youth Group, who recently had to resort to Crowdfunding to be able to continue its work. Continue Reading

Newham Family Tree – Ethnicity

Newham Family Tree – Ethnicity

My name is Russell, and it is my pleasure to have been working with the Link Up team for the last few months. I graduated last year from Birkbeck University of London with a BA in history, and decided to further my interest of historical research and writing by volunteering to work on the Family… Continue Reading

Newham Family Tree Research: Gender

Newham Family Tree Research: Gender

The gender root has been very interesting, though a little challenging when it comes to procuring ideas for stories. The main pitfall when discussing gender is focussing only on women’s history and ignoring men’s. Continue Reading

Newham Family Tree Research – Faith

Newham Family Tree Research – Faith

Michael is a Research Volunteer at Great British Community. He is currently researching the Faith aspect for Newham Family Tree Project. Here is his personal account of the experience to date. Continue Reading

A Very Big Thank You!

We’d like to thank the students from around the borough who took part in the first phase of our pilot programme in Newham. Students from Lister School, Langdon School, the London Academy of Excellence and the West Ham United FC Kikz programme researched the history of diversity in their area and the benefits this diversity has brought. They have been collecting information and interviews with local residents, and presented their findings at West Ham United FC. Continue Reading

Family Tree Project Update: 6th June 2014

Family Tree Project Update: 6th June 2014

This has been a wonderful week for the project, with groups from Lister Community School, and West Ham Kicks delivering their final presentations. The penultimate few days were a veritable flurry of activity with final tweaks to slides, and practice sessions to fine-tune delivery and content, with good results. The presentations, held in the Press… Continue Reading

Creating Short Films & Videos 7:Editing Footage & Sound

Creating Short Films & Videos 7:Editing Footage & Sound

Welcome to the final part of our series on make your own short films. If you been following over the past few weeks you’ll know we’ve created 7 unique resources to help you. Continue Reading

The Family Tree Project needs you!

The Family Tree Project needs you!

We’ve had another busy few weeks, with all our young research groups now polishing off their interviews and turning them into presentations. Despite being the last groups to join the project, both groups at LAE completed their involvement delivering their presentations to over 500 of their peers. Opting to create edited videos to deliver their… Continue Reading

Creating short films and videos 6: Quick Editing

Creating short films and videos 6: Quick Editing

If you been following over the past few weeks you’ll know we’ve created unique resources to help  your make your own  short films. Now you’re ready to edit them. If you believe in the work we do and want to help us spread the message, then please use or share these films to learn about film techniques.… Continue Reading

Creating short films & video’s 4: Tripod’s

Creating short films & video’s 4: Tripod’s

If you ever wanted to create your own videos and short films, GBC have created a number of ‘How To’ videos. Continue Reading

Family Tree Update: Mapping Newham

Family Tree Update: Mapping Newham

Our Family Tree Project has been training young people as researchers, interviewers and film-makers for our Family Tree pilot. The project has involved young people from all over the borough of Newham. We recently met for our 3rd training session at Lister Community School, Newham. Continue Reading

Family Tree update: 24th April 2014

Family Tree update: 24th April 2014

The new term has started, and students at Lister Community School have been hard at work again.  With the deadline for completing their research and presentations, students spent the day on Wednesday visiting a host of local groups and centres.  Starting the day at the Katherine Road community centre, where they met with staff and… Continue Reading

Family Tree Update 11th April 2014

With schools out for the well-earned Easter break, our West Ham Kicks groups, who are looking into Sport, and Disability held the side up, and attended an open 1st team training session at the Boleyn Ground in Upton Park.  In between dance-offs with team mascots Hammer Man and Bubbles, they interviewed a mix of coaches,… Continue Reading