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THE ISLAND PROJECT

Voluntary organisation Silver Darlings has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its exciting Island Project in Great Yarmouth.  Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to explore the diversity of the town’s population and to reveal the fascinating backgrounds of some of its inhabitants.

Silver Darlings partners Kevin Hunn, an artist and former Norfolk school teacher, and Charlotte Dickens, the daughter of a local potter, who is also an artist and has studied the origins of music and culture, were raised in Yarmouth and are urging local people to come forward to tell their stories too.

Kevin says: “Charlotte and I work well together and have a love of both art and Yarmouth so it felt like the next step was to combine these interests.

“Today, our town stands on this former sandbank – therefore, the 100,000 people who now live here must all have descended from migrants or migrated here themselves”. Kevin Hunn

From Wednesday, February 21, public workshops in research and clay modelling will be held, with adults and schoolchildren invited to make artwork based on their family stories.

The project will culminate in a grand exhibition from September 10 to 16 in the town’s library, where more than 100 models will be displayed on a seven-metre replica of the Yarmouth sandbank.

Silver Darlings work with partners including Anglia Ruskin University, New Routes Old Roots Project, Great Yarmouth Library, Time and Tide Museum, GYROS, ENJOY and SeaChange Arts, as well as local schools Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, Priory St Nicholas Primary and St George’s Primary.

Silver Darlings are currently collecting stories about the local characters or families are are asking those with interesting stories to make contact by email – see below.

Some volunteers may also wish to join the Island Citizen Research Team: Kevin says “We are looking for researchers of all ages. No previous experience is required: all we ask for is a commitment to attend three workshops, and to research two stories about Yarmouth’s migrant heritage.”

“We hope lots of people will get involved at one stage or another to explore and share these untold tales, make models and see how their stories and skills are valued and documented both in the exhibition and online”. Charlotte Dickens

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*To tell your stories and/or to be involved in the citizens research team please contact Kevin or Charlotte at silverdarlingsisland@gmail.com*