Today we are excited to announce the publication of the first two interviews for our Contemporary Voices oral histories project. Click on the link below to go to our Contemporary Voices page and listen to the stories of Abraham Adu and Chiedu Oraka.
Contemporary Voices are collections of oral histories made by people of African heritage who have or have previously had a connection with Hull and East Yorkshire before 2007. The stories that are collected will reflect aspects of their lives or their family's lives which relate to their African origins and to more recent experiences within this region.
The project is mainly funded by Untold Hull. Untold Hull is an oral history project that records the stories and experiences of people who live, have lived or have experienced the city of Hull in some way. The stories will appear as audio recordings or videos and can be listened to and watched on the Untold Hull website. They will become a permanent part of the digital collections of Hull History Centre and Hull Library Service forming a unique social history archive.
Untold Hull is part of Hull Culture & Leisure Ltd and is funded by the James Reckitt Library Trust.
Many thanks go to our interviewer Jerome Whittingham. Jerome is a photographer, interviewer, and digital media producer living in Hull. He specialises in supporting the voluntary sector, both locally in Hull and regionally.
This week we have added some new research leads to the Africans Project website. Firstly, Audrey Dewjee has provided us with some information on West Indian recruits at RAF Hunmanby Moor in Filey in 1944. Below is a photograph taken in June 1944 of the airmen with the congregation at Reighton Chapel ( reprinted in the Filey & Hunmanby Mercury, 25 June, 1994). Click on the photo to go to the page and see if you can help add to the story!
A Jamaican-born sailor in Hull
Another interesting piece of research this week is the addition of the story of Jamaican-born sailor and Hull resident Thomas Henry Biggs. We discovered the lead to Thomas's story while trawling through the Hull Daily Mail archive and came across a couple of stories relating to Thomas and his wife Gertrude. Read this truly fascinating story HERE!
Dr Lauren Darwin