Bosnian War People and Children Preserving History, Language and Culture in East Midlands

In March this year we had a successful bid for the application for a project called “Bosnian War People and Children Preserving History, Language and Culture in East Midlands”. Project is funded by Heritage Lottery and is one year long, starting on 1st September 2015 and ending on 31st August 2016.

It is very important to mention that it’s a project which will mainly be carried out by children, coordinated by Project Coordinator. Aim of this project is to highlight, better interpret and explain the way Bosnian people integrated into the life in United Kingdom, what difficulties and barriers they faced and how they managed to overcome them.

The victims and witnesses of genocide will be talking in their own language about their experiences while being filmed. Video material will then be used to create a short documentary. Transcript of all interviews will be typed and translated into English which in the end will give us enough material to write a small book. The idea is for this to be used as a learning material later, teaching younger generations about managing daily life without the knowledge of language, learning to integrate, picking up pieces of their life together, success story and failing, preserving culture, tradition and language.

As part of the project, we would also like to erect a small monument remembering the victims of genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. All ideas and designs are more than welcome.

Project will help young people learn different skills, interview techniques, writing in both languages, research, photography, filming, organizing. They will learn from experience of their parents, our spoken language, our music, tradition, education and experience over here.

We are looking for young volunteers who are willing to join this project, mainly with photography, filming and editing, conducting interviews, typing interview transcripts, helping with setting up exhibitions and much more. Training will be provided where necessary.

We would like to kindly ask for contributions of any antiques or old items that constitute Bosnia and Herzegovina Heritage. Items will be displayed in a display cabinet at our Community Centre alongside the details about the item such as name, where it was used, who used it and the person who donated it.

Join this project and help us save/preserve what is ours and teach young generations about our past and heritage.

For more information or if you wish to join this project then please get in touch with us on 01332 294436 or send us an email.