Learning from the Newham Monitoring Project

Learning from the Newham Monitoring ProjectAn ambitious new project exploring different communities’ experiences of racism in Newham during the 1980s and now.

In partnership with the Institute of Race Relations, OOMK and Daikon Zine, we will support a diverse group of young people to develop an ambitious new project that will take the history and legacy of the Newham Monitoring Project, a hugely influential anti-racist organisation in the 1980s, as a starting point from which to explore different communities’ experiences of racism in Newham then and now.

During the 1980s, a decade often defined by its racial tensions; socially, culturally and institutionally, The Newham Monitoring Project developed a radical approach to community activism, one that was capable of uniting communities across religious, ethnic and generational divides. Key to the organisation’s success was its skill in harnessing the vitality and ‘black politics’ of the emerging youth movements and its support of issues affecting BAME children and young people, as evidenced by the 1982 ‘Newham 8’ campaign, which saw London schoolchildren strike over racial violence for the first time.

Over the next 8 months, a newly-established young people’s group will meet weekly at Old Manor Park Library, work closely with original members of the Newham Monitoring Project, and develop 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. The project will culminate in an exhibition curated by the young people at Old Manor Park Library in November 2019.

Alongside this, we have commissioned award-winning filmmaker Ayo Akingbade to make a new documentary inspired by the history of the Newham Monitoring Project which will be premiered in late 2019.

If you are between 16-25 years old and would like to get involved please email Scott@createlondon.org

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund