The Intangible Cultural Heritage Project focuses largely on the aspects of culture that can’t be touched or placed in a museum – such as practices, expressions, skills and customs.
The aim is to document and create a rich archive of material that amplifies and preserves the voices, history and heritage of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people across the region, specifically African Caribbean, African, and South Asian communities resident since the end of World War Two.
“It’s so important that our stories are kept and preserved,” said Jennifer Sharratt, who is leading the project for BSWN.
Jennifer added that time is running out to document some of the customs, skills and heritage known by elders in communities.
The project also seeks to develop the capacity of mainstream heritage organisations to see the ways they help perpetuate inequality.