This project celebrates the contribution of Irish people who came to Coventry.
We have interviewed 65 people from Ireland who arrived between the years 1940-1970. These interviews are currently being turned into a 30 minute DVD.
We have also collected photographs and objects. These will be used at an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 10 March – 10 April 2018: http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1242/irish_heart_coventry_home
Join us for a lively evening of fun to mark the opening of our new exhibition: http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1269/whats_the_craic
The most successful element of the project has been the breadth of our interviewees. We have spoken to a wide variety of people including poets, builders, teachers, musicians. Furthermore, we are pleased to have involved so many female interviewees. Women are sometimes left out of narratives of Irish migration, even though they came to England in significant numbers.
One element we have found a bit of a struggle is capturing the media’s attention. Hopefully, we will attain more interest when the exhibition goes live in March 2018.
Publications: Not yet, although we are thinking of turning this into a book.
Other outputs: We will be producing a DVD and exhibition in March 2018
Duration of project: 12 months
Coventry Point, Market Way, Coventry, CV1 1EA
Telephone: 07933 308109