Story of Hartlepool’s diverse past to be celebrated

Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

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Insight into how immigration has shaped Hartlepool into the town it is today will be given as young people showcase their work.

People are invited to attend an afternoon of celebration for The Changing Face of Hartlepool Project at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, on Saturday.

Our ultimate aim is to increase awareness of what immigration has brought to the town in terms of diversity, wealth and culture, and encourage people to value difference and promote equality.

Jo Hiscop

The project, which is funded with Heritage Lottery Fund cash, is led by 13 to 19-year-olds, with backing from Hartlepool Council’s Youth Support, Museums and Libraries Services.

During the last 12 months, its work has including researching historical and contemporary patterns of immigration, exploring family trees, museum visits and workshops.

Co-ordinator Jo Hislop said: “Some excellent work has been created by young people involved in the project, and the afternoon of celebration is a chance for others to share in their achievements and to find out more about The Changing Face of Hartlepool.

“Our ultimate aim is to increase awareness of what immigration has brought to the town in terms of diversity, wealth and culture, and encourage people to value difference and promote equality.”

The free event, which runs from 1pm to 4pm, will include drop-in workshops led by 22sheds, the screening of a film made with filmmaker Maxy Bianco; an exhibition of sculptural and neon art work created with artist Stuart Langley; free tasters of Indian and Bangladeshi food and live cooking demonstrations; and a performance of African fusion music created by musician Ben Ssebuufu with young people.

For more information email jo.hislop@hartlepool.gov.uk or call (01429) 284 146.