Coming Back Home Project – SV2G Heritage Lottery Fund Award

Local Organisation SV2G has received £37,000.00 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting Vincentian Intergenerational Project.

Coming back home is an 18 month community project with a comparative approach to lead this project into an opportunity to analyse the political encounters occurred living in High Wycombe between three generations. The project will focus on exploring these personal testimonies that will be primarily be in the UK, a compilation of individual stories, photographs, memorabilia and the cataloguing of objects donated or loaned will be undertaken. These unrecorded historical experiences that helped shape British society will be used as part of the learning process for all and produce a book and a display for the local community and schools.

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire has the largest concentration of Vincentian population in the UK. A greater understanding and to be able to foster relationships between young people and the older generation will be achieved through this project. Unrecorded archives of memoires, experiences and objects that were bought to the UK and taken from the UK to St Vincent or further migration will be used to develop, form new community links and bridge the gap within the community, to give a sense of place and increased pride in our local area.

Commenting on the award Jacqueline Roberts, Chair of SV2G said “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund as we had the idea and wrote the proposal four years ago. We are confident the project will support young people to be active citizens with pride in their Vincentian Heritage”.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in the South East, Stuart McLeod, said: “This project will capture the untold stories of three generations of Vincentians and help to relate the experiences of those who first settled in Britain with the ones who came later or who were born here. It will also provide a wealth of information to raise awareness among the larger community of which they form a part”.

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