Through the generations: project aims

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a host of volunteers, the project aims to:

  • Conserve and communicate the stories, memories and reminiscences of different generations of Tamils in London
  • Provide a space for different generations of Tamils to exchange their memories and experiences in intergenerational reminiscence sessions
  • Encourage and facilitate an understanding of, and participation in, the collection of heritage materials with 15 community volunteers

The project also aims to:

  • Raise public awareness of the history of Tamil migration to, and life in, London between 1958 – 2009, and the interconnections between the UK and Sri Lanka dating back to the early 20th Century
  • Explore the impact of war, memory, migration and settlement on life and identity
  • Explore the experience of community among Tamil-speaking people in London
  • Chart the emergence of voluntary organisations and public services as a response to Tamil migration to London