Cultural exchange gives refugees a chance to share memories of home

Refugees are often expected to integrate into their host countries without a deeper understanding of their heritage and home practices’ needs. In 2002, when 2% of the Plymouth population were of BME/MABE backgrounds, the Home Office designated Plymouth as a dispersal centre for asylum seekers in the UK. By 2011, this percentage had risen to…

Constructing memories spatially – Workshop SEVEN

We realised in Workshop 7 that constructing memories of home through maps,  2.5 drawings, and photographs, isn’t a linear process. The complexities of recovering and relaying memories of home are as diverse and varied as the spaces and places in which the original events took place. After a while, we stopped speaking of ‘home’ as…

Personal memories of home – Workshop SIX

We worked with the participants on finalising the maps. These are glimpses of work in progress – snippets of maps. It was a brilliant process of co-production and collaboration between researchers and participants.

Decision making on content – Workshop FIVE

The maps have come a long way. The participants are engaging with the process on a very personal and detailed level. This workshop was focused on reviewing the content of the maps while reflecting on the individual memories of home that should make part of stories in the maps. We recounted how communities lived in…

Portraits and group discussion – Workshop FOUR

Our project photojournalist, Carey Marks, spent the day working with individual participants. Carey is working on a series of portraits capturing the essence of the person not their status. While photos were taken, the other participants were developing their maps. We paused to ask about crucial issues related to housing, sharing a life, getting on…

Mapping memories through roots and routes – Workshop THREE

Intricate layers of maps and tracing paper were used throughout the workshop. Participants recited their memories of everyday places they visited, lived in and journeyed from their homes. They remembered the roads, the smell, the noise, and the crowds. We discussed how communities practiced their everyday lives and how different and similar that is to…