Telling Our Story: The Living Archaeology of the Place, presented by ALDATERRA Projects, celebrates £9,500 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant
ALDATERRA Projects has been awarded a £9,500 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant it was announced today.
This exciting project, the Living Archaeology of the Place, in London and led by ALDATERRA Project at the Holy Trinity School, will explore the living heritage of Brazilian people living in the borough of Lambeth. An exhibition of children’s research process and outcomes will open at Brixton Library on 25th April 2013 between 6.00pm and 7.30pm.
All Our Stories was launched in November 2012 in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story and has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.
The popular series presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at our history in a different way thought the eyes of ordinary people.
In 2010 the artist and cultural activist Alda Terracciano set up the not-for-profit company, ALDATERRA Projects with the aim of fostering international exchange and collaborations, developing creative intergenerational programmes based on the cross-fertilisation between different art forms and disciplines, and engaging young people and culturally diverse audiences with visual and trans-media arts through creative participation.
The organisation has received funds from HLF to develop the Living Archaeology of the Place project at the Holy Trinity Primary school in Brixton (London), engaging with 60 children from Year 2 and Year 4 to explore the local African-Brazilian heritage through talks by experts, Brazilian performing arts workshops, oral history, and video interviews to Brazilian people living in Brixton. The project, which stems from Alda Terracciano’s video-sound installation Streets of… 7 cities in 7 minutes, a virtual sensory tour that immerses the audience in the distinguishing sounds, images and smells of Naples, Shanghai, Mumbai, Tangier, Salvador, Lisbon and London, also delivered an international volunteering exchange programme, which allowed young people to gain new skills in project management, marketing and creative outreach activities.
ALDATERRA Projects works with young people to develop a deeper understanding of the diverse cultures in Britain, challenge cultural stereotypes and lower cultural barriers. In particular, it strives to call attention to the rich cross-cultural heritage of communities living in the country as a result of historical and contemporary forms of migration. This creative learning programme aims at young people in schools to increase their knowledge on intercultural matters, and aims to be the starting point for an international programme that will culminate with an exhibition during the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
TV presenter and historian Michael Wood, said: “We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us. It is really tremendous that the people of Brixton have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past. It’s brilliant that so many people are being given the chance to get involved through the All Our Stories grant. Having travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles this last year filming The Great British Story, I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will not only bring to life the excitement of local history, but will illuminate and enrich every community’s connection with the national narrative.”
Commenting on the award, the artist Alda Terracciano said: “Brixton is a great place to live and there is so much to discover about the past and everyday life of its many communities, which ignites the imagination. Children are really excited about telling other people about their findings and sharing the local Brazilian heritage and history with them. We hope that this award will be the first stepping-stone for the development of an international educational programme that will take them across the ocean for the next Olympic games.
Sue Bowers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “Clearly the success of All Out Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of story tellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for the Living Archaeology of the Place as they embark on a real journey of discovery.”
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About ALDATERRA Projects
The company is based at Ravensbourne University and last year received support from Arts Council England to present Alda Terracciano’s video-sound installation Streets of… 7 cities in 7 minutes during the London Olympic Games alongside phase one of the creative engagement programme the Living Archaeology of the Place. Streets of… 7 cities in 7 minutes opened at the Greenwich Peninsula Festival (London) in summer 2012 as part of City Noises (an arts programme funded by the EU Culture Programme), was selected as part of the Urban Dialogues festival at the Red Gallery (London) in November 2012 and presented at Rich Mix in January 2013 in conjunction with material from the creative engagement programme. Digging deeper through the layers of the artworks, members of the Brazilian, Portuguese, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Moroccan communities living in London were invited to explore the intersection between art and life, personal memories of their cities and their feelings of cultural belonging. As a legacy of the principles underpinning London’s Cultural Olympiad, the programme is currently employing art as a tool to engage communities nationally and internationally in a process of democratic cultural exchange and representation. More information is available at: www.aldaterra.com/projects.
ALDATERRA Project is part of the Anna Lindh Foundation UK network and was recently invited to present the project at the Mediterranean Forum 2013 in Marseille. More information on the Forum available at: http://www.annalindhforum.org.
All Our Stories
All Our Stories was a one-off new, simple, funding programme run in 2012 with grants available ranging from £3,000 – £10,000 developed so everyone can get involved in their heritage. From researching local historic landmarks, learning more about customs and traditions to delving into archives and finding out the origins of street and place names All Our Stories will give everyone the chance to explore their heritage and share what they learn with others. This programme is now closed to new applications and decisions were made in October 2012.
For more information about the Heritage Lottery Fund’s current small community grants programme Sharing Heritage, for grants ranging from £3,000 – £10,000 please visit:
Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 35,000 projects, allocating £5.3billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.
BBC Learning plays a central part in meeting the BBC’s purpose of promoting education and learning. Utilising the power of the BBC’s big grands and key talent, the department puts learning right at the heart of the BBC ad provides a variety of resources and learning opportunities for children, teachers, parents and adult learners. Working with partners and in local communities, BBC Learning aims to stimulate interests and encourage engagement through a variety of campaigns across all BBC genres and platforms.
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