Activating Newham: Community & Activism 1980-1991

Activating Newham: Community & Activism 1980-1991An ambitious new project exploring different communities’ experiences of racism in Newham during the 1980s and now.

In partnership with the Institute of Race Relations and supported by Rabbits Road Press, Create have supported a group of young people to develop an ambitious new oral history project that takes the history and legacy anti-racist organising in the 1980s as a starting point from which to explore different communities’ experiences of racism in Newham then and now.

Over the summer, a newly-established young people’s group has been meeting weekly at Old Manor Park Library, developing a programme of public talks, events, screenings and oral history training sessions that begin to situate their own insights and experiences of racism and activism in the context of this history.

Their responses to this were featured in an exhibition curated by the group at Old Manor Park Library. The exhibition ran throughout November 2019.

Alongside this, we have commissioned award-winning filmmaker Ayo Akingbade to make a new documentary inspired by the history of activism in Newham. Watch an excerpt here:

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund