Saturday Heritage Fair – A Day of Connections

The Saturday Heritage Fair held on 10th February at Leicester Adult Education College was a free event organised by John Coster of the Documentary Media Centre. The fair is designed to support individuals and community groups in developing heritage projects. It featured heritage stalls, workshops, documentary screenings, and talks on various topics, including activism for community art and heritage, and archiving local films with the Media Archive for Central England (MACE). The fair aimed to foster connections within the Independent Heritage Network and engage the public with Leicester’s heritage through interactive and educational activities.

At the Saturday Heritage Fair held at Leicester Adult Education College, I had the pleasure of gathering stories of belonging from different people about their experience of growing up or arriving in Leicester. The aim is to collect these stories and play them out on Leicester Community Radio. This idea is to help to preserve our local heritage and foster a sense of unity and identity within and between the diverse communities of the city. By capturing these stories, we can celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures and histories that make Leicester unique, contributing to a deeper understanding and appreciation of our shared community heritage.

Helen Pettman, the editor of the Evington Echo, contributed to the Saturday Heritage Fair by collecting stories from the community. These stories, reflecting the local culture and community spirit, will be documented in the Evington Echo. This initiative highlights the newspaper’s role in promoting community engagement and preserving local heritage in the Evington neighbourhood of Leicester.

Participating in the Saturday Heritage Fair provided a fantastic opportunity to interact with numerous community heritage groups. It was enlightening to learn about their work and the various ways they contribute to preserving and promoting our local heritage. This exchange of ideas and experiences was invaluable, reinforcing the sense of community and shared purpose among those dedicated to celebrating Leicester’s rich cultural history.

The participation of the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society, the Computer Arts Archive, and Confident Communities at the Saturday Heritage Fair was a testament to the diverse and rich heritage initiatives present in our community. Their contributions offered insights into family history research, digital arts preservation, and community confidence-building, respectively, showcasing the breadth of heritage work being undertaken in Leicester and beyond. Their involvement enriched the fair, providing attendees with a broad perspective on heritage and community engagement. For more details, visit the Doc Media Centre website.

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