Heritage Impact Centre

the heritage impact centre
The Race Equality Centre is developing a project to improve understanding of the contribution made by racial minority communities to the world and how this has influenced contemporary Britain. This innovative endeavour seeks to celebrate contributions and influence within all spheres through exploring and preserving the heritage behind the production of the Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame musical, which was originally staged in London in 1987 and in particular, it will enable volunteers to research how the show came to be written and produced and to explore its lasting legacy.
The need for this Heritage Project is paramount, because contemporary Britain would be fundamentally different if this contribution had not taken place. There is a long history over many hundreds of years of positive contribution to British society from racial minority communities in Britain and other parts of the world. This contribution is significant in developing and establishing the social and cultural fabric of contemporary Britain and it’s particularly apt that it should be located in Leicester, with its celebrated national/international standing for good race relations and community cohesion.

THE FOCUS

The Heritage Impact Centre will show the contribution made by racial minority communities to the world and the influenced contemporary Britain.

This includes contributions and influence within all spheres, to include ‘armed services, creative and performing arts, music, sports, science, politics, business, medicine, trade unionism, equal and civil rights’ as examples.
Our Impact Centre will be a focal point for on-going education and research and enhanced awareness to challenge preconceptions, and so to begin dialogue within the public, private and voluntary sectors and the communities they serve (locally, nationally and internationally).

Benefits of Heritage

·          Integration of academic and community spheres of interest in heritage.
·           Conservation of Britain’s diverse heritage.
·          Identification of breadth of contributions and commonalities
·          Identification and understanding of the extent to which African, Asian and Caribbean heritage is part ofBritain’s mainstreamPreservation and active use of a building of historical importance/interest

Why Leicester?

Leicester has undergone profound changes spatially and demographically in the last half century.  It serves as a classic example of the impact of post-war migration on the economy and social and political landscape of Britain.
The Impact Centre will house a heritage unit without any ethnic label and will be a living monument to the way Leicester has evolved these last 60 years.

The Aims

  • To establish an interactive Centre which linked to its central UK location, it will act as a hub & showcase for the histories and contributions made by people of African, Asian and Caribbean heritage to Britain’s development.
  • To provide a multi media resource that facilitates use for education by schools, researchers and the public.
  • To provide a hub through which similar material can be brought to the public’s attention in a co-ordinated fashion

What is the Project?

•           Interactive and multi media centre promoting education and research into Britain’s African, Caribbean and Asian population and their contribution to British and world heritage and civilisation.
•           Provide a hub/infrastructure for hosting national and international exhibitions that highlight the contribution of aforementioned to British and World heritage.
•           Positively show case little known histories and contribution of some of the oldest British ethnic communities.

The true scale of Britain’s involvement in the slave trade has been laid bare in documents revealing how the country’s wealthiest families received the modern equivalent of billions of pounds in compensation after slavery was abolished.

The previously unseen records show exactly who received what in payouts from the Government when slave ownership was abolished by Britain – much to the potential embarrassment of their descendants. Dr Nick Draper from University College London, who has studied the compensation papers, says as many as one-fifth of wealthy Victorian Britons derived all or part of their fortunes from the slave economy.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britains-colonial-shame-slaveowners-given-huge-payouts-after-abolition-8508358.html

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze (b. 1956) was brought up by her grandparents who were peasant farmers in rural Jamaica. She studied at the Jamaican School of Drama before travelling to Britain when she was thirty with the poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, a leading light in the emerging ‘dub’ poetry scene. Dub’s fusion of reggae rhythms and the spoken word, combined with political subject matter, had found a responsive audience in the radicalised black community of Britain in the 70s and early 80s and Breeze is recognised as the first woman performer in this traditionally male-dominated field. She has published four books of poetry, made several recordings of her work and written for stage and screen.

Check this video of Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze! (Third world girl)
http://vimeo.com/22349657

A statue commemorating Britain’s only female Muslim war heroine will become the first stand-alone memorial to an Asian woman in the UK when it is unveiled in London next month.
Second-world-war spy Noor Inayat Khan was sent into France by Winston Churchill’s secret Special Operations Executive (SOE) in June 1943, but was betrayed and captured a few months later. She was shot by the SS in Dachau in September 1944, aged 30, and was posthumously awarded the George Cross as, as well as the Croix de Guerre by France. She was one of only three women in the SOE to be awarded the George Cross. The other two – Violette Szabo and Odette Hallowes – have had far more recognition, including films about their lives.
The location is Cancun Mexico in the national marine park where coral reefs are suffering from being over-fished and over-visited. DeCaire’s haunting but hypnotizing underwater art will not only serve as a visual treat for divers but more importantly and beneficially as a diversion from the natural reefs in the park which need a chance to recover and rejuvinate. “The Silent Evolution” will effectively double as an artificial reef, attracting fish and marine life to colonize the sculptures. 
Only about 10 – 15% of the world’s sea bed has a solid enough substratum to allow reefs to form naturally. DeCaires is not the first marine enthusiast to build an artificial reef, but he is certainly the first to incorporate the idea into an artistic expression. Using a special cement mix to encourage and attract coral growth, his various projects around the world are contributing to a progression which other artificial reefs have proven can successfully support entire marine ecosystems.

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