News & Events
As part of our project we organised two workshops in May 2017 which assisted participants from migrant backgrounds living in Northern Ireland to explore the historical and contemporary legacies of WW1
- The first workshop was held on Saturday 13th May at North West Migrants Forum in Derry~Londonderry. Participants came from Guyana, Congo, Italy, Ethiopia, Romania and China and explored stories and legacies of WW1 in their region. For these events we were joined by two facilitators, Dr Magdalena Weiglhoffer and Ms Pauline Mitchell. Both have significant facilitation experience in the community sector and helped participants immensely in working through a series of activities designed to tease out stories of World War One in the participants’ country of origin.
- Our second workshop was held in the Horn of Africa People’s Aid NI project in Botanic Avenue, Belfast on Saturday 20th May. Again, we were joined by Pauline and Magdalena who worked with participants from Somalia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Poland.
These workshops have uncovered stories relating to various perspectives on WW1.
Issues raised include the manner in which veterans were treated in various countries (Ivory Coast), the role of woman in WW1 (Romania), the impact of the conflict in East Africa on officially neutral countries at the time (Abyssinia/Ethiopia), the role of commemoration (Guyana) and the impact of ‘forgetting’ WW1 (South Africa). These themes will be explored in more detail in an exhibition to be held in late 2017.