Every Generation Media Timeline

Time Line of Achievement and Impact of Every Generation

2000
Awarded a Millennium Award to develop Every Generation website with support from Sound Radio Trust

2001
Developed content for Every Generation website and workshops on family history for African and Caribbean people in the UK 

2002
Website launched on 1 October
BBC launches 100 Great Britons with Winston Churchill voted the Greatest Briton of all time. There were no Black British people on the list.

2003
Every Generation wins the CRE Race in the Media Award for new media
Website and campaign 100 Great Black Britons is launched in partnership with Greater London Authority (GLA) as part of the official launch of Black History Month in London
Patrick Vernon is selected a Pioneer of the Nation for Cultural History by the Queen as part of her Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Patrick Vernon speaks at a major European conference in Berlin organised by Cyber Normads on black media in Europe
The Mary Seacole Appeal Committee is launched to raise funds to establish a memorial for Mary Seacole in central London. An Early Day Motion in Parliament acknowledges the 100 Great Black Briton Campaign and the importance of Mary Seacole
Patrick Vernon appointed as a Commissioner for the GLA African and Asian Heritage Commission

2004
Every Generation is approached by BBC to develop a television programme based on 100 Great Black Britons
Mary Seacole is the winner of 100 Great Black Britons. Results announced live on Channel Four News and BBC Television
Every Generation Media and Foundation are incorporated as a social enterprise
Patrick Vernon double winner of the Windrush Awards for Internet Technology and Community Champion The National Archives in partnership with Every Generation jointly organised ‘Caribbean Family History Day’, and annual conference on Caribbean genealogy and intergenerational learning. The events run between 2004 and 2007.
Every Caribbean website created to provide rolling news and information to support relief and disaster efforts to alleviate the impact of Hurricanes Jeanne and Ivan in the Caribbean.
Missing People and Every Generation launched a campaign called ‘Missing Generation’ about the increasing number of African and Caribbean people going missing each year, especially girls and women. A dedicated micro page created between 2004 to 2007 provided regular information 

2005
Every Generation wins the National Ethnic Minority Social Enterprise Award Every Generation shortlisted for the New Statesmen New Media awards for community information BBC2 produce a programme narrated by the actor Adrian Lester called Out of Africa: Heroes and Icons based on the 100 Great Black Britons campaign
National Portrait Gallery exhibits an undiscovered portrait of Mary Seacole and launch a commemorative stamp
Documentaries on Mary Seacole screened by BBC Education, Mary Seacole: A Hidden History and Channel4 The Real Angel of the Crimea
Every Generation is commissioned by The British Council in East and West Africa to develop a strategy and programme of activities around the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 2007. This involved travelling and meeting government ministers, organisations and key players in the arts and cultural heritage organisations in Africa

2006
Every Generation publishes and distributes When We Ruled by Robin Walker, a comprehensive account of the history of African civilisations. The hardback has sold over 4000 copies to date. Every Generation is established as a publisher and Robin Walker as a leading historian and writer
The athlete and television presenter Colin Jackson is a guest speaker at Caribbean Family History Day at National Archives. Colin was featured on Who Do You Think You tracing his family history in Jamaica and Panama

2007
Every Generation in partnership with the BFI and the BBC launches 100 Black Screen Icons poll and website. The all-time favourite icon was Denzel Washington followed by Sidney Poitier and Trevor Rhone.
Every Generation worked in partnership with Genes Reunited to promote the importance of family history for the Caribbean community in the UK
BBC approached Patrick Vernon to blog on their news website over the weekend of 25 March on the eve of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slave Trade Act 1807.
Every Generation in partnership with the Department of Health organised a major mental health conference as part of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807on the legacy of slavery on black mental health. Guest Speaker was Dr Joy Leary who presented her work on post-traumatic slave syndrome Every Generation approached by the British Council in East and West Africa to support the development of a family history and inter-generational programme called ‘Footprints’ encouraging local communities in Africa to record family history
Every Generation attends the New York Bookfair and the first Cape Town Book Festival in South Africa to promote When We Ruled
Patrick Vernon selected as a Clore Fellow based on his work on family history and Black heritage. Patrick researched East African family genealogy and Swahili culture through the history of carved doors and the Indian Ocean slave trade. He undertook a secondment at the Imperial War Museum looking at refugee communities and post war conflict

2008
Every Generation produced and co-directed its first major documentary, A Charmed Life, based on the life of the late WW2 veteran Eddie Martin Noble (1917-2007). The film was premiered at the International Black Film Festival in London and was subsequently screened at many venues including libraries, museums, academic conferences, National Portrait Gallery, British Film Institute To coincide with the film and the 60th anniversary of the Windrush, Every Generation launched a campaign and online petition called Windrush Day for a public holiday campaign to celebrate the rise of multicultural Britain

2009
Every Generation develops ‘Hackney Routes’ a family history project supporting local people to record and document their ancestors and descendants by exploring identity and migration in Hackney link European premiere of A Charmed Life at the Black Film Festival in Berlin

2010
BBC and IWC Media launch its series Lost of Lost Kingdoms of Africa presented by Gus Casely-Hayford based on the book When We Ruled
Every Generation in partnership with Haringey Library Services launch Speaking Out and Standing Firm, a booklet and short documentary. This is an intergenerational project where young people filmed and interviewed African and Caribbean ex-service men and women from WW2 to Iraq who share their experiences of serving in the armed forces
Special screening of A Charmed Life for Age UK at the British Film Institute

2011
Every Generation in partnership with Royal Geographic Society support the development of 'Rediscovering African Geographies', an exhibition and a series of workshops based on the Royal Geographical Society's historic collections of maps and photographic images of Africa

2012
Every Generation in partnership with The National Archives supports the development of ‘Caribbean Through A Lens’ a photographic project with over 7000 images from the Caribbean covering the period 1900 to the 1960s
Every Generation develops ‘Haggerston Routes’ a family history project which is part of ‘My Haggerston’, a Heritage Lottery funded project coordinated by Discover Hackney
Every Generation in partnership with the University of Reading and the Ephemera Society organise conference on Black Ephemera. Autumn Issue of the Ephemerist magazine is dedicated to issues around black representation in printed material.
Every Generation as part of its 10th anniversary organise the East London Routes festival at the Rich Mix to celebrate family history.
Patrick Vernon receives an OBE for his work in tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities in Britain as part of the Queen Jubilee Birthday honours. Relaunch of Every Generation website