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Resources to aid study in Black British history and identity. Subjects: English, Social History, Art & Design, Citizenship & PSHE. Based on six Heritage Lottery Fund productions, with oral histories, archive photographs, individual units of work, stage plays, illustrations, and videos. Teachers and parents can create unique learning activities, lesson plans, and comprehension questions—many FREE resources available to support home learning and beyond.

Resources to aid study in Black British history and identity. Subjects: English, Social History, Art & Design, Citizenship & PSHE. Based on six Heritage Lottery Fund productions, with oral histories, archive photographs, individual units of work, stage plays, illustrations, and videos. Teachers and parents can create unique learning activities, lesson plans, and comprehension questions—many FREE resources available to support home learning and beyond.
Black History Resources
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Black History Resources

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This bundle includes three resources, showing the positive contributions made by Black people in Britain during the 1960s. Age coding 11-18, subjects: Citizenship, Drama, & Modern History. Story of a 1960’s black nurse Will help Year 9 students understand migrants’ experience of coming to Britain to study and work in the NHS in the 1960s. It is the oral history account of Esmel May Woma, who arrived in Nottingham from Jamaica in the early 1960s to study to be a nurse. This resource will give teachers, parents, and guardians a first-hand account of the positive contributions made to the NHS by the Windrush generation. It allows teachers to create unique activities for students, perfect for home learning and beyond. It is a two and a half-page document, a significant backdrop for character development for stories, stage plays, and family time - African Voice of Women’s Liberation -The Yellow Room - Video A Monologue set in the 1960s about family separation and women’s liberation. A lesson starter, age coding 11-18, subjects: Citizenship, Drama, & Modern History. Dorothy is a hard-working single mother from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) who is desperate to bring her four children to England. It is a useful resource for teachers and students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the global movement of families and communities to Britain during the 1960s. It shows the problem a mother faced when relationships break down and must take charge of the family. Teachers can create unique comprehensive questions from the many issues raised. The Yellow Room is one of the monologues from the stage production and exhibition, Living Under One Roof, written, directed and curated by Lorna Holder in 2003-2009 and featured in the 2009 installation for Encounters of Bamako/African Photography Biennial in Mali. Performed in English with French subtitles. Black Coal Miner’s story This resource will help students and teachers to research specific places and conditions of the workplace of Caribbean people in Britain during the 1960s. Based on the oral history account of a former black coal miner from Nottingham, this four-page resource will enable Key Stage 3- Year 9 students from diverse backgrounds to research their own cultural identity and have a sense of belonging. The research piece clearly shows the decisions made by the elder in coming to Britain to work, the desire to return to Jamaica, the compromises made and is an important piece of British social history. He talks about his job as a tailor in Jamaica and the promises he made to his mother, not to work in the coal mines in Britain. He takes us on a journey to the Job Centre and getting his first job in Nottingham at Beeston Boiler, where they made radiators. We hear about the other foreign workers and the language barriers. Next, he talks about applying for work at Gedling Colliery in Nottingham, his first formal training job, and the fear of going down in the mines. The research piece includes hours worked, salary paid, type of clothing worn, type of coal mined and conflict at work. The information provided in this short research document will enable students to write, truthfully, essays, stage plays, and form the narrative for short videos. A great resource to aid black history month teaching and to understand further the contributions made by the Windrush generation.
Story of a 1960's black nurse.
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Story of a 1960's black nurse.

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Will help Year 9 students understand migrants' experience of coming to Britain to study and work in the NHS in the 1960s. It is the oral history account of Esmel May Woma, who arrived in Nottingham from Jamaica in the early 1960s to study to be a nurse. This resource will give teachers, parents, and guardians a first-hand account of the positive contributions made to the NHS by the Windrush generation. It allows teachers to create unique activities for students, perfect for home learning and beyond. It is a two and a half-page document, a significant backdrop for character development for stories, stage plays, and family time -
Caribbean Nurses in Britain
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Caribbean Nurses in Britain

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Teachers and Key Stage 3- Year 9 students will understand more about the experiences of Caribbean nurses who worked in the NHS during the 1950s and 1960s. Research document. 4 pages in both PDF and Word document, Subjects: History, Personal Social health education Mrs. Mary Lawrence came from the Caribbean to Britain in 1962. She went into nursing in 1964, says, “In those days we look upon nursing as a top profession.” The resource is Mrs. Lawrence’s account of the training and working in the NHS in the 1960s. She talks about the recruitment drive to get Caribbean nurses to work in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. It gives a clear account of the different categories and titles in nursing and the training involved. She states, “ The training was very demanding and expected to work on the wards for 48 hours per week alongside those already qualified." She talks about etiquette and manners, presentation, and care for the patients and how they were unable to challenge decisions made by their superiors. The resource includes two supporting archive images. This resource will encourage teachers and parents to create unique activities for students during lockdown and beyond. Perfect for Black History Month teaching and research and gives a positive account of the contribution made to the NHS by a Windrush generation.
Jamaica Hidden Histories - Bundle
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Jamaica Hidden Histories - Bundle

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Class room and Home learning-In this bundle, teachers can now use the full 7 editions of The Jamaica Hidden Histories resource pack, transforming teaching the history of Jamaica and its links to Britain. This cross-cultural pack, embedded in National Curriculum subjects, History, English, Art & Design and Design & Technology, for Key Stage 3, Year 9 students. It documents five decades of Jamaican influence on British culture since Jamaica’s independence in 1962 to 2000. Placing Jamaica in its historical context since its acquisition under British Rule in 1655, shows the interconnections between Britain and the development of Jamaica’s distinctive cultural identity. All students from diverse backgrounds will benefit from a wide range of activities to further develop their learning skills, knowledge, and personal development. This bundle includes: Jamaica Hidden Histories educational pack, including: 50 - page Learning Book 35- page Activities and Teachers Notes A Unite of Work in Art & Design with lesson plans. The Jamaica Hidden Histories DVDs includes: Oliver Cromwell Takes Jamaica Jamaican Independence Enterprise 1980s to 1990s The Making of Meditations Beneath Duppycherry Tree. The Jamaica Hidden Histories educational pack was part of the Heritage Lottery Fund project , by Full Spectrum Productions 2012-2015. Tuareg Productions publish the resource.
Building Bridges
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Building Bridges

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Designed to help students, 11-16 in subjects, Citizenship, History, PSHE and English understand the experiences of the white community in seeing large groups of Caribbean people arriving in Britain after the Second World War - 1948 to 1962 - 8 pages, black and white, PDF format. Based on social history research, the resource has heart felt interviews and discussions with English elders and students , from the London borough of Camden. In July 2008 three oral history workshops were held in Camden, for the Heritage Lottery Funded educational project Building Bridges. This involved interviews and discussions between secondary school students and elders from the host community which covered various topics: work, schooling,housing, cultural & social changes and impact on family life. Teachers will find the pack a useful guide for comparing the Caribbean, and other immigrants, experiences with those of the host community. This resource is filled with supporting never before seen photographic archives and model general questions, for example: What were your feelings on seeing Caribbean people after the war? Elder Bob said, " I can remember when I went to my Primary school. We sat in our lines and suddenly these two black girls walked into the gym hall and they sat next to the head teacher; we’d never seen a black child before. Apparently, they had come over on the Empire Windrush with their parents." The resource concludes with messages to the young black children, for example, Elder Imogen offered words of support, “Don’t forget your background. I think it’s really important to be proud.” The pack contains visual images which the pupils can use to share ideas, even before they begin writing. The pictures can be used in a variety of ways: for example to tell a story, or to look at the style of 1940s fashion and compare to present fashion trends. The resource is suitable for different key stages and curriculum requirements and is firmly rooted in the tradition of oral storytelling, helping to bring to the forefront unheard stories of our past and to build a bridge to a better future for our young people. Building Bridges, the resource for schools was part of a Heritage Lottery funded project, for Full Spectrum Productions. An half hour documentary, was also produced and directed by Lorna Holder was premiered at the British Museum and , aired on Teacher’s TV in 2008. Attached is the flyer.
Black History Month - Indigo Blue Room
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Black History Month - Indigo Blue Room

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Video for secondary school students, their family and teachers showing the early signs of mental health problems within a Caribbean family in 1960s Britain. A resource to help form the basis of conversation around issues of migration, family life, work, identity and belonging. Teachers and parents can create unique learning activities for Black History Month, for homeschooling during holidays and beyond. Subjects, Social History, English & Drama, Age code: 14-18 Set in the 1960s in the Midlands, the monologue Indigo Blue Room highlights some of the issues of social exclusion still pertinent today. It was performed and filmed at the King’s School in Worcester in 2004, starring Indra Ove and Leon Herert. The main character, Lattisha, once prosperous and glamorous, could not cope with living in one room, going out to do manual work, dealing with an unfaithful hisband, leading to mental health problems. The monologue, Indigo Blue Room was written and produced by Lorna Holder, based on the Living Under One Roof stage play written in 2003.
Building Bridges- A case study
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Building Bridges- A case study

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This resource is a case study based on the Building Bridges resource pack, available on TES, showing the experiences of the white community in seeing large groups of Caribbean people arriving in Britain after the Second World War - 1948 to 1962 - known as "The Windrush. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/building-bridges-windrush-experiences-11723774 The case study demonstrates the interactions between the older and younger generation, regarding the subject matter and enabled both to learn from each other. Both groups have taken lead roles in facilitating workshops, oral history interviews, and sharing experiences. The elders’ involvement, through their stories and oral history, provides a great deal of cultural learning for future generations. They gain a sense of satisfaction and purpose in passing on their experiences and knowledge. Young people’s involvement provides a distinctive perspective on the activities. Suitable for different key stages and curriculum requirements.
Style in my DNA -e book
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Style in my DNA -e book

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Style in my DNA, by Lorna Holder documents 70 years of Caribbean influence on British fashion. Age code 11-18 Subjects: Modern History, Art & Design, Art, Citizenship. Class room topics: Diversity, Identity, Community, Fashion & Textile, Photography & Dress making. A research book. It is informative and essential in representing black cultural history, fashion and identity. It is an invaluable resource for fashion studies, black studies, Windrush archive study, research and social history of London, Birmingham and Nottingham. The striking images in the book will help anyone seeking to understand the Caribbean migrant experience. The book is also a memoir of Lorna Holder, a child of the Windrush generation. Lorna arrived in the UK from Jamaica in 1959 and was brought up in Nottingham. Graduating with a BA Honours in Fashion and Textiles in 1975, she was the first black graduate in fashion & textiles to pass through the then Trent Polytechnic, now Nottingham Trent University. She went on to be a very successful fashion designer, producer, writer, curator and an active figure within London’s Caribbean Community. 208 pages
African Roots - Meditations Beneath Duppycherry Tree
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African Roots - Meditations Beneath Duppycherry Tree

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As part of the Jamaica Hidden Histories project this video focuses on the Jamaican sculpture, George’ Fowokan’ Kelly. In April 2014 Fowokan shared his journey from musician to acclaimed self- taught sculptor and artist with 40 Year 9 students at Burlington Danes Academy in West London. The focus of the session was the all-important spiritual connection with his African roots, culture and heritage as revealed in his sculpture, Meditations Beneath Duppycherry Tree. Under the guidance of the Art Teacher the students took part in a series of Art and Design lessons inspired by Fowokan’s sculpture. With the support of the Jamaica Hidden Histories pack this video provides teachers with a unique and readily accessible toolkit to engage students in the historical and cultural links between Jamaica and Britain. It is also a blueprint for teaching about other cultures in context. Embedded in National Curriculum subjects such as History, English, Art & Design & Technology, with links to Geography Computing and PSHE, it is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, for Key Stage 3, Year 9 students.
Ones We Left Behind- part one
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Ones We Left Behind- part one

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This resource is a Lesson starter for performance art students 16+. It will help in learning about the impact on the lives of families and diverse communities when we leave loved ones behind to start a new life in a new country. Teachers will find the resource useful in encouraging students to look outwards with curiosity and respect, listening to and learning from real voices, and identifying that which is specific and unique. The information came from oral history workshops and community research in London in 2006 from diverse communities about families separated by continents, relocating to new countries, and merely moving from one city to another. These stories formed the basis for truthful, high-quality dramas, which genuinely celebrate diversity. Included in the resource is a 30-minute play by Troy Andrew Fairclough, ‘Homeward Bound’ is set in the Departure Lounge at Heathrow Airport. Calvin, 43, makes a last-minute attempt to prevent his mother from boarding a plane. Pearl, his mother, is a woman in her sixties who knows her mind and wants to return to Jamaica to live out her retirement. While mother and son argue their differences, it is Calvin's teenage daughter Shinade who brings things to ahead. Pearl's beloved younger son, Courtney, is absent. Although Pearl is determined to go back to Jamaica, she is experiencing the same feelings of dread and excitement she felt about coming to England all those years ago. This entertaining, informative play highlights issues and experiences of Caribbean people who came to Britain in the 1960s, and who have now decided to return home. Part two and three of this book is also available on TES
Living Under One Roof  promotion
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Living Under One Roof promotion

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Living Under One Roof: This promotion contains four useful resources for teachers and students to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the global movement of families and communities. This pack is suitable for home learning and will help parents through the summer term. The format of research into local communities, workshops, and drama productions, shown in the many photographs and narratives of all the resources, is an innovative way of engaging all ages. Building Bridges resource pack: oral history research document with unique images, captures and presents the stories (real voices) of elders from the host community in London. The elders share their unique stories on seeing Caribbean people arriving in large numbers after the 2nd World War. Year 7+ students. Moving Out: a resource for year 7+ students, based on oral history research, showing the experiences of Caribbean settlers in industrial Nottingham during the 1960s, working in the mining industry and the NHS. Hanging Out: a book about the 1950s and 1960s youth culture in four boroughs in London and dealt with fashion, music, film, sports, and entertainment. For fine art, fashion, media, and film Year 12 students and adults. The Ones We Left Behind: a drama production resource: This book encompasses stories from many communities about families separated by continents, relocating to new countries, even merely moving from one city to another and bring to light the impact of leaving loved ones behind. The resource includes a stage play and monologue, useful for school drama productions, for Year 7+ students. A unique Christmas bundle for learning about diverse communities through the medium of art, fashion, history, drama English and social history.
Ones We Left Behind - part two and three
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Ones We Left Behind - part two and three

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This resource is a Lesson starter for performance art students 16+. It will help in learning about the impact on the lives of families and diverse communities when we leave loved ones behind to start a new life in a new country. Teachers will find the resource useful in encouraging students to look outwards with curiosity and respect, listening to and learning from real voices, and identifying that which is specific and unique. The information came from oral history workshops and community research in London in 2006 from diverse communities about families separated by continents, relocating to new countries, and merely moving from one city to another. These stories formed the basis for truthful, high-quality dramas, which genuinely celebrate diversity. This resource is the second, and the third part of the book, The Ones We Left Behind, available on TES. This resource filled with unique supporting photographs, testimonials, family histories, and contributions from secondary school children in London. Included in the resource is ‘Departure Lounge,’ a dramatic monologue written by Lorna Holder. Nena, a woman in her forties, sits nervously, waiting for the boarding announcement in the departure lounge at the airport. Now returning to the Philippines after 25 years working in the U.K, Nena has to make a final decision; should she return to the Philippines, to the husband she hardly knows and son whose childhood she missed? Or should she remain working for the family who employ her and the ‘adopted’ English children she has raised? The monologue, ‘Departure Lounge’ is based on research into the oral histories of Britain’s Filipino community. It was performed at the British Museum in 2006.
Jamaican Hidden Histories educational  pack
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Jamaican Hidden Histories educational pack

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This cross-cultural pack is embedded in National Curriculum subjects such as History, English, Art & Design, and Design & Technology. Whether you are a teacher or student this educational resource contains a wealth of information and activities that give an understanding of the cultural and historical links between Jamaica and Britain. For Secondary Schools- Key Stage 3, Year 9 students. It documents five decades of Jamaican influence on British culture, since Jamaica’s independence in 1962 to 2000. Placing Jamaica in its historical context since its acquisition under British Rule in 1655, it also shows the interconnections between Britain and the development of Jamaica’s distinctive cultural identity. All students from diverse background will benefit from a wide range of activities to further develop their learning skills, knowledge and personal development. This pack includes three editions: A 50 - page Learning Book with the use of artifacts, oral histories, quality images, photographs, testimonials, and lesson plans. It includes 35 pages of Activities and ’ Teachers’ Notes. The activities include comprehension questions as a ‘learning focus’ with differentiation and challenges for extension for more able students. The Teachers’ Notes provide additional contexual information and related links for further research. Finally, a Unit of Work in Art & Design with lesson plans produced with Burlington Danes Academy, based on Jamaican - born visual artist, George ‘Fowokan’ Kelly’s sculpture, Meditations Beneath Duppy Cherry Tree. It also looks at the work of Pablo Picasso, who had been influenced by African art in the early part of the 20th century. Supporting DVSs are also available on TES to download
Jamaica Hidden Histories-Jamaican Independence
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Jamaica Hidden Histories-Jamaican Independence

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Video- subjects History, English & PSHE - Stage 3, Year 9 students. A short video from the Jamaica Hidden Histories educational resource pack with community elders sharing with young people their experiences of growing up in Jamaica at the dawn of independence from Britain in 1962. They talk how family and cultural backgrounds shaped and strengthened their own identity and sense of belonging within their community
Jamaica Hidden Histories- Enterprise 1980s to 1990s
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Jamaica Hidden Histories- Enterprise 1980s to 1990s

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Video -subjects History, English, Art & Design & Geography – Stage 3, Year 9 students. A short video from the Jamaica Hidden Histories educational resource pack. Jamaican born fashion designer, Lorna Holder talks about working as head of young fashion for a leading British dress manufacture from 1979-1986
Jamaica Hidden Histories- Oliver Cromwell Takes Jamaica
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Jamaica Hidden Histories- Oliver Cromwell Takes Jamaica

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Video -subjects History, English & PSHE – Stage 3, Year 9 students. A 9 minutes video to accompany the Jamaica Hidden Histories educational resource pack, outlining the historical and cultural links between Jamaica and Britain. The video starts with Oliver Cromwell taking the island from the Spanish in 1655, concluding in 2000s showing why Jamaica has become a global brand. The video is a relevant blueprint for teaching about other cultures in context and will help students from diverse backgrounds to further develop their learning skills, knowledge and personal development
Nottingham's  Caribbean Community at Work - Moving Out
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Nottingham's Caribbean Community at Work - Moving Out

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This e-book will help Key Stage 3 - Year 9 students research Nottingham’s Caribbean community at work during the 1960s. The book allows teachers and parents to create unique learning activities to support home learning and beyond. Moving Out , takes a unique look at Industrial Nottingham through the eyes of the 1960s Windrush settlers, focusing on their experiences of, and contributions to the local industries of the time. These industries include the mines, the textile and garment industry, the building industry, as well as companies and institutes such as Boots, Raleigh, Nottingham Transport, and the NHS. The book also explores how Nottingham’s pioneering Caribbean community created its places of worship and recreation. The e-book, written by Lorna Holder, is supported with unique images, and heartwarming stories and testimonials . We hear also about the places where Nottingham’s Caribbean community worshipped during the 1960s. Secondary Schools in Nottingham, Manning Comprehensive School and Bramcote Park Business & Enterprise School played a huge part in this project attending the workshops and interviewing elders about their experiences. The 46 page book has archival photographs to help support the learning, such as images of miners from the National Coal Mining Museum For England, unique images taken of nurses by Esmel May Woma, local photography, and image from Nottinghamshire Archives. It shows images also of Caribbean people working at the bike company Raleigh and Boots. The book also gives an in-depth account from the historian Revd Christian Weaver CBE of the contributions made by Caribbean people in Nottingham.
1950s and 1960s Youth Culture Bundle
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1950s and 1960s Youth Culture Bundle

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This bundle will help teachers teach students age code: 11 to 18 about the 1950s and 1960s British youth culture, and British Caribbean fashion. Subjects: History, Art & Design, Music, Politics, Fashion, Media, Sport, and Film Studies. The Hanging Out book and supporting short video looks at the immense changes that occurred in popular and social culture in fashion, music, sport, film, entertainment, and youth protest. Included in the pack is an edited version of the book, Style in my DNA by Lorna Holder, which documents 70 years of Caribbean influence on British fashion, and the social history of London, Nottingham and Birmingham. Teachers will be able to create unique learning activities and comprehension questions for the classroom. The bundle has striking images, illustrations, archive photographs, workshop learning activities, and oral histories from elders to support research.
Hanging Out
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Hanging Out

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Research resource for Year 12 students and adults in learning about British popular culture. Subjects: English , Social History, Art & Design, Citizenship. E- book, full colour with 195 pages. Focuses on the immense changes that occurred in popular and social customs during the 1950s and 1960s. The book explores fashion, music, sport, film, entertainment and protest in London. Members from London’s diverse communities share their experiences in hanging out in four boroughs: Brent, Camden, Lambeth, and City of London. They talk about how music and the club scenes of the 1960s played a vital part in bringing black and white young people together. From sewing 1950s fashion to designer brand obsession, to Mods and Rockers and anti-war protest and social change, this book, (186 pages) makes history accessible and relevant. Filled with iconic photographic images of 1950s and 1960s famous people from popular culture, creative workshop activities, interviews , oral histories and never before seen posters created by young people for the project. Included is a dedicated section about Protest Posters, showing posters to be both political tools and cultural artefacts. See what Tony Benn, former Labour MP, panelist at the Hanging Out, Anti- War protest discussion Forum, at the Imperial War Museum London 15 May 2011, says, "The strength of feeling by young people against injustice and war is as strong today with new forms of communications as it was in the 1960s and 1970s. " Tony Benn 2011. The Hanging Out book is part of the Hanging Out Youth Culture, then and now, project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, produced by Full Spectrum Productions. Collaborators: V&A, Museum of London, London Metropolitan Archives, Imperial War Museum, Rich Mix, BFI, Ace Cafe, London Film Academy, Theme Traders, and Tuareg Productions. See also The Hanging Out trailer, produced by Lorna Holder also available on Tes Attached also, Hanging Out documentary screening poster and project flyer and photograph of Tony Benn at the IWM
Living Under One Roof in Hackney-  short documentary
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Living Under One Roof in Hackney- short documentary

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A free home learning resource for all ages. This short 20 minute documentary is based on real life experiences of Caribbean settlers, living and working in Hackney and surrounding areas, during the 1940s and 1960s. Students will experience with family members the heart breaking -heart-warming journey of that Windrush generation. Useful content for research work for teachers, students and parents doing homeschooling and beyond. Produced by Lorna Holder.