Council want to build archive of Black people in Harlow

History / Tue 7th Oct 2014 at 09:35am

A public launch event at ERO on Saturday 11th October celebrates Black History Month, and offers an opportunity to find out how to deposit documents, pictures or sound and video recordings at the archive for current and future generations to share. In addition, there will be a behind the scenes look at the ERO, as well as food, live world music and a display of documents.

Essex has a long association with members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities dating back to at least the sixteenth century. The earliest reference to a BAME individual or community in Essex is the burial of a Thomas Parker in Rayleigh in 1580. From around this time onwards, a growing number of references prove that BAME people were living all across Essex.

County Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “It is important that every community’s history is recorded for posterity. We don’t have records of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community in the detail we’d like. If you have any photos, home movies or memoirs that you would be prepared to give or loan to the Essex Record Office, or if you would like to send in your stories as audio or video, we’d love to hear from you.”

Documents can either be deposited with the ERO or digitised and returned to their owners.

Those unable to make Saturday’s event can arrange to share their items on another day by calling the ERO on 01245 244644 or by emailing [email protected].

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