The Family Tree – let us tell you more….
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.