The ‘British Chinese Heritage Project | Chinese Lives in Birmingham‘ is a historical project that looks at the lives of individual migrants and British Chinese, as well as the development of the Chinese community in Birmingham – an integral part of the city’s history over the last six decades.
A first of its type in the West Midlands, the exhibition was officially launched at The Cube (15 May) and culminated with a free, pop-up exhibition for the public at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (17 May – 8 June 2014).
Project outputs included; this blog (http://chineselivesinbirmingham.com), a bilingual booklet, bilingual hardback photobooks, DVD, a visual exhibition as well as audio recordings of the interviews – all of which were archived for future generations to look back upon, in both hard and soft copy formats.
The 15 month-long project was created to capture the hidden histories of Birmingham’s Chinese community through different life stories, helping to allow the Chinese community here to have a voice and be proud of their heritage.
The project was awarded a grant of £35,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and was archived in the Library of Birmingham Archives Department in September 2014.
To celebrate the project completion, the pop-up exhibition was displayed at Wing Yip Superstores in Nechells (20 Sept – 17 Oct 2014).
Kate Gordon Sylvia Chan WaiLo Li
Project Officer Project Assistant Strategy & Comms