Hidden Heritages Cambridgeshire is an intergenerational oral history project, with diverse South Asian communities in Cambridgeshire, led by Hadithi C.I.C. It commemorates two 2022 anniversaries: the 50th anniversary of South Asian expulsion from Uganda, and the 75th anniversary of partition and independence.
Hidden Heritages trains young people in oral history techniques, empowering them to collect and preserve memories from their elders, on the themes of belonging, identity and migration.
This exciting project is made possible through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, our thanks to National Lottery players.
Oral History Trainee
We are training up participants from a range of South Asian backgrounds, aged 15-25 years old, in oral history techniques.
We offer 3 days of training over the course of 6 months in Summer/Autumn 2022, alongside a mentorship programme.
Following the initial training, participants use their new skills to interview an elder, capturing and preserving their memories.
Eventually these important stories are deposited with Cambridgeshire Archives, permanently.
The project culminates in a community event to launch two further outputs: a family album and a short film.
We believe that our programme reveals and captures important marginal histories of migration that are quickly disappearing.
At the same time we skill up South Asian young people in oral history techniques, forging lifelong skills, and empowering them to see themselves as active historians.
The project creates bonds between generations, and between trainee participants, increasing wellbeing.
Whilst we have finished training young people and conducting our oral history interviews, if you're interested in getting involved in future projects, we'd love to hear from you.
Hidden Heritages Cambridgeshire is led by Hadithi C.I.C, and made possible through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, our thanks to National Lottery players.
We are also supported by the Museum of Cambridge, Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire Archives. We are very grateful to these partners and stakeholders.