A Heritage Lottery Funded Project
A project to explore the Oral history behind the artefacts in the British Museum's Sainsbury's African Gallery.
IROKO Heritage Africana Project was designed to facilitate access to, and sustain interest in African heritage and cultures and introduced participants to the rich oral traditions, visual arts, music and dance of the African continent.
The project enabled IROKO to conduct research on African folklores and languages - riddles, adages, proverbs, etc., and their manifestations in the visual art of Africa, particularly on the artefacts on display at the Sainsbury's African Gallery at The British Museum.
Five Newham schools - Ellen Wilkinson Primary School, Essex Primary School, Star Primary School, St. James' CE Junior School and Winsor Primary School took part in the project.
A storybook "Sho-Sho & The Villagers" and a Teaching Resource Pack was produced at the end of the project. The storybook was inspired by some of the artefacts at the museum and is available for purchase from IROKO.
To obtain a copy of Sho-Sho & The Villagers, please contact us using the contact form.
London African Story enabled IROKO to take the outcome of its Heritage Africana project to wider audiences in the London Boroughs of Redbridge and Waltham Forest. The project conducted research on African folklores and languages - riddles, adages, proverbs, etc., and their manifestations in the visual art of Africa, particularly on the artefacts on display at The British Museum.
Apart from taking volunteers and some members of the public on a guided tour of the Sainsbury African Gallery at The British Museum, workshop activities and performances were held at Mayfield School & College, Redbridge, Mayville Primary School, Leytonstone and also at the Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow. Exhibitions and display were also held at the following libraries:
A project which explored four Nigerian pre-colonial nonverbal communication systems: Aroko, Nsibidi, Uli and the Talking Drums, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).
Enhancing skills and wellbeing of older people through fun and gentle creative arts activities
Promoting social action and/volunteering through inter-generational encounter that enhances mental well-being
A project that used fun and creative means to enhance the practical English speaking skills of refugees/new migrants in Newham London, was funded by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
A project supporting homeless and vulnerably housed people in the London Borough of Newham, using creative arts activities.
A family bonding project supported through funding from People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthLives through The Health Lottery.
Connecting cultures through stories, objects and artefacts
Supported through funding from Aspers Good Causes Fund, provides opportunities for the development of skills of London Borough of Newham young people and their parents.
Encouraging discovery and sharing of oral stories!
'The Royal Docks Stories’ funded by The Royal Docks Trust, aims to uncover interesting people, stories and experiences about the Royal Docks area.
Discovering the history and contributions of Africans in and around Canning Town since the 1920's.
The Homage to Canning Town African Ancestors project explored the areas in and around Canning Town that have historical links with Africa.
Fun and Education For All The Family
Since 2009 Big Lottery has funded IROKO Family Edutainment project under its Family Learning Programme.
The Forgotten Folks project was funded by Comic Relief. It incorporated fun workshops that used elements of African arts and culture to break down the social isolation and health problems usually faced by elderly people.
A Heritage Lottery Funded Project
IYE AJA means Umbilical Cord in the Itsekiri language of Nigeria. This project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to highlight and celebrate the ingenuity of Diaspora Africans in managing to retain an active commitment to their customs and values.