Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund
Inverclyde’s Legacies of Slavery
This project will address Inverclyde’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and recent moves to decolonise Scotland’s heritage. At least 19 ships left Inverclyde in the 1700s carrying up to 3,000 people into slavery. Inverclyde also profited from the sugar trade, shipping and refining sugar from slave plantations. Our 2-year project will address Inverclyde’s slavery legacies in 5 key ways. Our 1) storybook, 2) night at the museum, 3) food heritage cards, 4) sugar heritage trail, and 5) festival, will form a community-led re-interpretation of this history, including a celebration of Afro-Caribbean Scottish culture today.
We'll be announcing more details, events and volunteering opportunities soon.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Learning about & sharing cultures through storytelling
The Sharing Stories project is another side of our community work, which involves this use of heritage as a way to further improve life in our community. As part of our work to welcome and support refugee families coming to Inverclyde we work in partnership with Magic Torch Arts and Heritage Group to gather traditional stories from Syria, Sudan and Scotland, from local families. Together, we have produced a beautiful illustrated book of those stories, which will be freely available in local libraries, schools and nurseries. We also share these wonderful stories through storytelling online.