EGM Heritage Projects and Programmes

EGM Heritage and Education Programmes

Since 2001, Every Generation has delivered over 140 workshops and film screenings on family genealogy, oral history and cultural heritage at museums, libraries, archives, schools, youth groups, community organisations, trade unions and professional and staff networks.

Discover Hackney

Every Generation is in partnership with nine other heritage organisations in the London borough of Hackney. www.discoverhackney.co.uk

Haggerston Routes June 2012 to June 2013

Haggerston Routes is part of My Haggerston, a project capturing the history of this Hackney ward over the last 200 years. Haggerston Routes is a family history programme working with residents from a range of backgrounds to uncover the stories of migrants to Haggerston, and how new communities have contributed to the development of the area’s heritage.

If you currently live or work in Haggerston or have a strong family connection and would like to be involved, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Further information Haggerston Routes 

Hackney Routes 2009 to 2011

The Hackney Routes project supported local people to record and document their ancestors’ journeys from across the world to east London. Over 20 people participated in an intensive programme with visits to local and national archives and the ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
Family History Exhibition.

Young Hackney Routes February 2010 to April 2010

Every Generation worked with Hackney Free and Parochial School, the oldest school in the borough of Hackney as part of their 490th birthday celebration. A core group of ten Year Nine young people learned filmmaking and oral history skills to enable them to make a short documentary about the history of the school. The young people explored local history, enjoyed inter-generational learning and debate their role models, goals and personal.

Caribbean Through A Lens June 2012 to October 2012

Every Generation was commissioned by the National Archives to review over 500 historical images of the Caribbean from 1900 to 1950s and blog about how the archive images can be used as a resource for family history.
The National Archives UK > Caribbean Through a Lens

Rediscovering African Geographies December 2010 to March 2011

Every Generation was appointed as part of a team of consultants to the project which focused on the Royal Geographical Society's (www.rgs.org) historic collections of maps and photographic images of Africa.

Every Generation developed a resource guide and workshops on family history and using historical maps. The workshop provided a chance to debate the issues and challenges for African and Caribbean communities in tracing their family tree from ancient African kingdoms through enslavement and colonisation and post-independence periods.
Exhibition Rediscovering African Geographies (PDF)

Speaking Out and Standing Firm July 2009 to November 2010

In partnership with Haringey Library Services, Every Generation launched a booklet and short documentary called Speaking Out and Standing Firm. This was an intergenerational programme where young people from north London met with African and Caribbean ex-service men and women whose experiences span from World War II to modern-day peacekeeping and international conflicts. The young people interviewed and filmed the veterans, teasing out the individual stories of courage, camaraderie and adventure, as well as some of the challenges of overcoming racism. This project was funded by MLA as part of Their Past Your Future programme.

The Story of London May to July 2009

Every Generation was a delivery partner for part of the Mayor of London’s Story of London programme. Every Generation ran a series of workshops on family history and screened A Charmed Life in the London boroughs of Enfield, Hackney and Lambeth. This was funded by MLA.
Story of London Grant Programme Final Report 2009 (PDF)

Black Screen Icons March April 2006 to October 2007

Every Generation in partnership with the BBC, UK Film Council and the BFI launched a campaign highlighting the significant black personalities in film and television from the past 100 years, encouraging the public to vote on their favourite in six different categories. The nominees came from the UK, Europe, North America, Africa and the Caribbean and included directors, actors, writers and technical innovators. The overall All Time favourite icon was Denzel Washington (with 13% of the vote), followed by Sidney Poitier (with 11%) and Trevor Rhone (10%). The two top UK nominees in this category were Floella Benjamin and Horace Ové. Over 3000 votes were cast.
www.bfi.org.uk

British Council for East & West Africa June 2006 to July 2007

Every Generation was commissioned by the British Council in East and West Africa to organise a series of consultations gathering the views of government ministers, organisations and key players in the arts and cultural heritage organisations in Africa. A report was developed on the role and support that the British Council could provide for the 2007 commemoration events around the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807. One of the outcomes of the report was the development of a family history and inter-generational programme called ‘Footprints’. Every Generation subsequently facilitated a number of workshops and training events in the implementation of this project with participants from different parts of Africa and the UK.
Pambazuka News
African Writing - Manu Herbstein

Haringey Family History Project October 2007 to January 2008

Every Generation delivered a series of workshops at the Marcus Garvey library in Tottenham to help local people research their family history using online resources and oral history. The project was funded by the MLA.

Caribbean Family History Days 2004 to 2007

Every Generation in partnership with the National Archives in Kew developed an annual conference and learning event on Caribbean family history. The events were very popular leading to an increase in volunteers and people accessing the archives. Colin Jackson was a guest speaker in 2006 after the success of his Who Do You Think You Are? programme.

80s Babies June 2007 to September 2007

Every Generation supported the 80s Babies Project developed by Mr and Miss Black and Beautiful, a young people’s project in South London. Every Generation delivered a number of workshops at South London College in Clapham to young people on 70/80s soul, reggae, pop music and politics. The workshops gave a historical context to anti-racist struggle, black politics, Thatcherism and the riots. The young people also worked with recording artists such as Don E and Omar to recreated 80s music. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

100 Great Black Britons Schools Competition October 2003 to March 2004

In October 2003, Every Generation launched the website and campaign 100 Great Black Britons. To date this has become the most successful campaign to raise the profile, history and achievement of the African and Caribbean community over the last 1000 years. The website is a free resource to schools and is now included in the national curriculum. A school competition was devised to encourage schools to use the website as part of the nomination process.
TEAN Diversity Resources

Every Generation will be developing a series of eBooks and courses on family genealogy over the next several months. If you like to be added to our data base please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.