Discovering our region's diverse history
MANY famous people have passed through Exeter on their travels through life – and a new project aims to find out more about them.
Exeter's Global Centre has won a grant of £49,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to find out more about famous, and ordinary, people with a connection to the city.
Telling our Stories, Finding our Roots: Exeter's multi-coloured history will bring together local people of all backgrounds, ages, ethnic groups and nationalities, to find out about Exeter's rich and varied past.
Ghee Bowman, the project's co-ordinator, said: "People often think that Devon is all-white and always has been. This project aims to unearth some hidden stories of people like slaves and servants and sailors, GIs and Roman legionnaires and modern restaurateurs: folk from around the world who've settled and passed through."
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Volunteer researchers from the community will receive training before interviewing Exeter residents from a variety of backgrounds, as well as carrying out research of local archives. Organisations involved include Exeter University and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
If you would like to be part of the team of volunteers, if you know somebody who might be good to interview, or if you can suggest stories and leads, contact Ghee Bowman on 01392 438811 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be information events at the Global Centre on Wednesday, August 29, at 2pm and on Tuesday, September 18, at 6pm.