Community projects are a rich way of understanding shared heritage. Exploring ways of working together with community groups can be a meaningful and exciting way to understand more about diverse histories and build partnerships to explore our heritage in different ways.

An outline of the different sessions for the day is below but please note some of this may be subject to small changes.

There will be tea and coffee available but please note, lunch will not be provided. There is space available at the centre for those who wish to bring their own lunch and there are places to buy food nearby.

The day will include:

Talks from Anna Carter, Audience Engagement and Learning Coordinator for West Yorkshire Archive Service:

West Yorkshire Community Archive Network Group

The Community Archive Network Group was set up over 10 years ago by West Yorkshire Archive Service as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project called ‘West Yorkshire: Our Stories’. The project also saw the development of the Community Archive Accreditation Scheme for voluntary heritage and archive groups. The network is still going strong and celebrated its 40th meeting this year. Find out more about how the group operates, what support materials are available and how the Community Archive Accreditation has helped groups.

Remembering the Past, Growing the Future

West Yorkshire Archive Service have been working with the local Pakistani community on a number of projects to help explore the community’s heritage and highlight stories of migration and settlement in Wakefield. ‘Remembering the Past, Growing the Future’ is a collaborative project with The National Archives, Next Generation Youth and Community Project, Well Women Wakefield and groups from the Swafia Mosque. This case study will showcase the work of the project and offer tips and advice on building meaningful relationships with local communities.

Talks and Interactive session from West Yorkshire Queer Stories Project (WYQS):

Ross and Ray from (WYQS) will give an overview of the project, including the challenges of engaging and supporting a highly diverse community of volunteers and participants.

• Volunteers from the WYQS project will share how and why they decided to get involved, and the skills they’ve used and developed as part of the project.

• Ray and Ross from WYQS will introduce the project’s new oral history collection with a practical look at the online archive.

Applying for Community Grants:

A practical session led by freelance consultant Rosie Goodwin on the ‘dos and don’ts’ of applying for community grants.

Community Engagement Session:

A hands-on practical session to consider some of the challenges and opportunities of using different objects and collections for engagement with different communities; led by Rosie Goodwin (above)and Esther Graham, Collections Officer with Wakefield Museums and Castles.