CLiOH joins exciting project charting the history of the anti-apartheid movement in the UK

Following a major grant to the Liliesleaf Trust UK, the Centre for Life Writing and Oral History will contribute to creating the Anti-Apartheid Legacy: Centre of Memory and Learning.

Date: 20 January 2022

London Met's Centre for Life Writing and Oral History (CLiOH) has partnered with The Liliesleaf Trust UK (TLTU), which has just been awarded £251,030 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the first stage of its project to create The Anti-Apartheid Legacy: Centre of Memory and Learning (CML) in Penton Street, Islington.   

Based in the former London headquarters of the African National Congress in London, the CML will document and make accessible to a wide range of audiences the heritage of one of the most powerful, Black-led social movements of the twentieth century. The project aims to help young people today learn from the anti-apartheid heritage and promote solidarity, social justice, reconciliation and anti-racism – all key values of London Met and CLiOH. 

At the heart of developing public understanding of the UK movement against apartheid and its legacy today are the testimonies of the many activists involved in this struggle. CLiOH will run a series of workshops in oral history and life writing to equip (up to 60) local people to collect the stories of people involved across the movement. 

There will also be opportunities for London Met students to become involved in supporting the collection of oral histories and the subsequent development of short films and/or podcasts. We're excited and pleased to be working with TLTU to empower, inform and engage communities — in London and beyond!

CLiOH are also delighted to welcome Neha Doshi, who has been awarded a Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship for her research on race, representation and podcasting. Neha is supervised by Professors Jenny Harding, Anne Karpf and Peter Lewis.

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