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Creative thinking mixed with historical literature is one of the best ways to explore how the past can affect both personal space and a sense of belonging in the public realm.

Using an individually designed mentoring and workshop scheme, Kitchen Sink Arts successfuly proposed an idea that would collect stories from community members and statutory organisations to collate the great work already done around black history in Preston and make one accessible educational resource.

New Ways to Tell Old Stories is a Heritage Lottery funded project, running from June 2015 to September 2016, designed to explore positive black history connections in Preston, Lancashire.

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Working with sensitive experiences and issues means professional artists sometimes need to deliver outputs.

A good example of our work is this site-specific project using film and live performance with Merseyside Maritime Museum, combined with a lecture given there by Dr. Mark Christian in 2007 to explore a local event from 1919, that still resonates within the community.


On the programme blurb we posed this question : Cecelia Wooton has three of the stones that killed her husband. What do you think she should do with them?

The question came from engaging with the local black community, as part of our audience development work.