We reached our target of 2000 archived images.........Phew!

The photograph pictured here is our 2000th image and represents us achieving our target for the Apna Heritage Archive. We are still continuing to collect images. This has been a real effort nothing short of blood sweat and tears, it's not been easy at making sure that we met this target especially thinking 6 months ago we reached our 1000th archived image. Special thanks to all families and individuals who have seen the value allowing us to scan their personal photographs and keep their history documented for future generations....hats off to them! Special thanks to all individuals who contributed in the last 2 years. Couldn't have done this without a real community effort. For us its been a privilege making new friends along the way!

Faqir Singh leaves home for the ceremony of his wedding, Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, 1965.

Faqir Singh leaves home for the ceremony of his wedding, Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, 1965.

Wolverhampton History Fair 2017.

Regardless of what you may think this is not a scene from this years Emmy award winning series 'The Handmaids Tale',  no its from the other award winning series... that would be the Apna Heritage Archive! These ladies are actually dressed like this representing National Trust and in particular Moseley Old Hall in Wolverhampton (a lot of drama went on their with King Charles II hiding from Cromwell back in the day!) They were very enthusiastic about the images and articles on our stall along with other members of the public and we had a long day talking to a number of peeps about what we have done/doing with our archive collection. Special thanks to Wolverhampton City Archives for inviting us to be present again this year!

National Trust staff look at at our work online and articles written about the Apna Heritage Archive.

National Trust staff look at at our work online and articles written about the Apna Heritage Archive.

Vist to the Royals Collections Trust

October was quite a busy month for BCVA! We were invited to the Royal Collections Trust at Windsor Castle in October by the Photo Collections Network. It was an amazing treasure trove of photographs held by the Trust as anyone can imagine. There were not only photographs from the royal family of 100+years ago but also collections from the founders of photography as well as world famous photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Cecil Beaton and Mario Testino to name a few! This is where the real crown jewels are kept! Hope to see our collection there one day you never know. Unfortunately but understandably the only image we were allowed to take was this one taken from my phone!

A visit on invitation to the Royals Collection Trust October 2017

A visit on invitation to the Royals Collection Trust October 2017

St Luke's Primary School Archive & Photography Workshops

We will be sorry to see the end of our workshops at St Luke's school here in Wolverhampton as part of the Apna Heritage Archive. The photos here document our work with the school in our final series of workshops just in the last two weeks. We have been doing about 5 sessions of workshops with at least 3 year groups over 2 years. It was important to have an educational element to our archive and grateful to St Luke's primary school for their partnership as up to 50% of pupils have Punjabi heritage. The pupils have been empowered by the importance of archiving a collection for future generations and learnt photographic skills. They have also uncovered their own archive kept hidden away at the school for more than a 100 years and thanks to HLF funding will receive display cabinets to put the found photographs, albums and ephemera. Special thanks to all pupils and staff at St Luke's Primary school extremely well done! Thanks also to our brilliant host Jon Everall at City Archives for hosting the tours around Molineux House and their strong rooms at City Archives. Not only that but allowing us to conduct our photographic workshops there. Its been a rewarding partnership for all!

 

 

St Luke's YR5 pupils have their photo taken for the school archive during 'Heritage Day' workshop. Pictured Emmanuela Chukwuku

St Luke's YR5 pupils have their photo taken for the school archive during 'Heritage Day' workshop. Pictured Emmanuela Chukwuku

Portraits taken for the school archive during 'Heritage Day' workshop. Picture Shyla and Shaheed

Portraits taken for the school archive during 'Heritage Day' workshop. Picture Shyla and Shaheed

YR5 pupils discover artefacts about Wolverhampton history at City Archives visit.  

YR5 pupils discover artefacts about Wolverhampton history at City Archives visit.

 

Pupils learn to photograph details of the building for storytelling through images.

Pupils learn to photograph details of the building for storytelling through images.

Pupils learn how photographic glass plates (over 100 years old!) are being photographed and digitised for an archive.

Pupils learn how photographic glass plates (over 100 years old!) are being photographed and digitised for an archive.

Jon Everall senior conservationist at City Archives takes pupils on a tour of the Strongrooms.

Jon Everall senior conservationist at City Archives takes pupils on a tour of the Strongrooms.

Exploring St Luke's school archive, workbooks created by pupils from the 1920s.

Exploring St Luke's school archive, workbooks created by pupils from the 1920s.

Pupils present to each other and talk about their heritage before archiving their photo.

Pupils present to each other and talk about their heritage before archiving their photo.

PhotoCafe presentation

It was great evening at PhotoCafe in Birmingham on 27th September. It was a very interactive presentation with many good questions being asked about the archive and also with 2 new volunteers being signed up! We are grateful for PhotoCafe and Nicola Shipley from GRAIN for the invitation and 1000 Trades pub for hosting this event. For more information at where we will be speaking please do follow our @apna_heritage handle via twitter.

Anand Chhabra  presents the Apna Heritage Archive collection at PhotoCafe, Birmingham September 2017.

Anand Chhabra  presents the Apna Heritage Archive collection at PhotoCafe, Birmingham September 2017.

Invitation to speak at the PhotoCafe event in September 2017

Good things continue to happen and Anand will be speaking about the photography collection  'Apna Heritage Archive'  and particularly ways in which photographers as artists need to agglomerate with those in the locality to give their project the best chance of getting off the ground! Doors open at 6p.m. at 1000 trades pub in Jewellery Quarter. 

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Our archive a 4 page feature in the August issue of Wolverhampton Magazine!

We were interviewed earlier this month at our archive space by the lovely Heather Loat the chief editor at Wolverhampton Magazine. Our 4 page feature in this August issue describes not only how our archive started and the national award we recieved earlier this month but recognises the importance of the history of Punjabi migrants to Wolverhampton and the various impacts that they have had in the Black Country c1960s to 80s. Its great to see some of the hidden truths/stories presented here about this community via the article and through the imagery we have collected. At Black Country Visual Arts we are excited by the prospect of getting the news about the archive to the wider community of Wolverhampton especially as the region has been celebrating Black Country day on July 14th. We are delighted that August issue of the magazine itself is full of arts and culture which is great to see with the inception of the 'Wolves in Wolves' statues which is having a great buzz around town. A very thankful team here at BCVA for highlighting the Apna heritage Archive. Well done to Wolverhampton magazine for a very cultural issue of the magazine! The August issue of W-ton Mag is available to buy from local outlets now!

Apna Heritage Archive reaches a milestone with 1000th archived image!

We have reached a milestone with our 1000th image archived on our digital database! Archiving is no small feat as it requires a lot of attention to detail in obtaining information from participants who allow us to scan their pictures. Our 1000th image pictured here is from our volunteer Salgram Dass, a powerful portrait of family of his father and mother Sarwan and Amro Dass and their first child sister Kanta. The image below tells a forgotten story of where many Punjabi migrants came to live in Wolverhampton from 1960s onwards. This photo was taken on Inkerman St, in the Heath Town area. The area is still synonymous for where new migrants live today. So we're glad we achieved a milestone, only 1000 more images to go! Phew!?

Amro Dass, Kanta Dass and Sarwan Dass on Inkerman Street, Heath Town, Wolverhampton 1961  

Amro Dass, Kanta Dass and Sarwan Dass on Inkerman Street, Heath Town, Wolverhampton 1961

 

St Chad's Asian Ladies Group

We were delighted to host the St Chad's Asian Women's group at the Apna Heritage Archive. We taxied them in from their community centre and response was good with a small number from around 20 ladies bringing images with them. We were delighted as they brought fantastic images from 1960s-80s perfect for the archive! There was a lot of positive comments as now that most had seen the archive for themselves were better to understand what we at Black Country Visual Arts CIC wanted to achieve for our archive funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. Further to this we had received an invite to go back to the group and talk with the ladies individually to gather even more photos! Special thanks to Mrs Suraksha Asar and Mrs Kanchan Jain leaders of the group for helping arrange the visit to our archive space. 

St Chad's Asian Ladies group visit to the Apna Heritage Archive 

St Chad's Asian Ladies group visit to the Apna Heritage Archive 

St Chad's Asian Ladies group learn to browse the archive physically and online.

St Chad's Asian Ladies group learn to browse the archive physically and online.

A photographic scoop for the Apna Heritage Archive!

We are proud to have a good number of images given to us by the generosity of Mr. Salgaram Dass for the Apna Heritage Archive. I met Mr Dass as he usually parks his car right outside my house to drop off of his children to a school here in Wolverhampton . As I get to know this very articulate and intelligent man he is instantly smitten with our work. Salgaram bought me negatives and then also learned skills and our protocols in scanning these amazing photos that depict the early years of life, living in Inkerman Street, Heath Town, Wolverhampton c 1960s. The vast majority of images here are taken by his father an ardent photographer. I restored and edited a few of these here and personally I find them nostalgic of a bygone age of innocence in the Black Country. Even more than that they are photographers dream and an amazing scoop for our archive in terms of telling the story of individuals and integration to life in Wolverhampton. There's more to come from this set of images we now have in our possession!

Mr Dass, his wife and his family with their first car c1961

Mr Dass, his wife and his family with their first car c1961

Various Images around Inkerman st, Wolverhampton  c1964.

Various Images around Inkerman st, Wolverhampton  c1964.

Portraits taken by Mr Dass around Inkerman St, Heath Town, Wolverhampton c1961

Portraits taken by Mr Dass around Inkerman St, Heath Town, Wolverhampton c1961

Photos of neighbours and friends around Inkerman St, Wolverhampton c1961.

Photos of neighbours and friends around Inkerman St, Wolverhampton c1961.