Over the last 18 months a group of Pentrehafod students have taken part in an exciting intergenerational project funded by the Heritage Lottery. This project was developed by the African Community Centre to work with young people in schools to research the lives of the Windrush generation who arrived in Wales from the West Indies in the 50’s, 60’s and later.
The aim of the project was to bridge gaps between the older generations and younger and also to bridge cultural gaps: the students at Pentrehafod worked closely with the elders, documenting their stories and experiences and have gained an invaluable understanding of their tradition, their journey, their settlement as well as other experiences.
On Friday 17th August the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery hosted a wonderful sharing event; we enjoyed a traditional Jamaican lunch, traditional music and speeches from the Windrush interviewees, as well as enjoying the students’ video. It was a very humbling experience – real history.
A big thank you to Jill Duante (Director of the African Community Centre) for first introducing us to the project and to Mrs Claire Jones, Department Leader for Art at Pentrehafod, who encouraged and motivated our students.