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Coventry Caribbean Community History Project (CCCHP)

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Our Story

Launching in January 2024, the CCCHP was borne from a desire to recover and platform Coventry's Black Caribbean history in the wake of the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Windrush. 

The aim of the project is to provide research and curation skills to three young Black people in Coventry, enabling them to contribute to the creation of a live community-based exhibition. The project engages directly with contemporary historical recovery praxis, to assemble a history by us, for us. The CCCHP facilitator is one of the ACT coordinators, Holly Cooper, a History DPhil student at the University of Oxford, who’s thesis directly aligns with the aim of the project.

Over four months, the team has undergone eight sessions which have been broken down into four topic areas: 1) Historical Recovery, 2) Archival Training, 3) Basic Design, and 4) Exhibition Curation.

During these sessions, important discussions around reparative justice, the ethics of community-grounded research, and the contentious nature of traditional archives, have taken place. Using these tools and discussions, a three-part exhibition has been established, where each researcher has chosen an aspect of Coventry’s Black Caribbean history that interests them.

Upcoming Exhibitions
9th - 29th June @ St Mary's Guildhall, CV1 5RN
20th - 21st July @ Caribbean Reggae Fever, War Memorial Park

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