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Norfolk’s Hidden Heritage’ is financed by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is a partnership between the Norwich and Norfolk Racial Equality Council (NNREC), the Norfolk Record Office (NRO) and the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service (NMAS). We are conducting thorough academic research into the links between Norfolk and transatlantic slavery.

We also have begun to create a dynamic programme of historical material that can be used in discussing issues of race, equality, human rights, immigration and community cohesion.

The project has shown how slavery affected the whole of the UK and, in doing so, has challenged many assumptions about the county’s history.

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In 2008, the study of slavery becomes a compulsory element in the National Curriculum. Accordingly, we have run workshops in a number of schools and have begun creating school workshops and information packs.

More widely, we are now working with the University of East Anglia, Norwich City College, the Prison Service and the Youth Offending Team.

October 2007 also saw the launch of Norfolk’s new Black History Society, Diaspora Norfolk. We hope that this society will provide a focal point for people interested in the topic. For details of this society, please contact the NNREC (www.nnrec.org.uk) or the NRO (www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk).

The result of this project has been a range of materials with which we can challenge negative assumptions and stereotypes about Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Norfolk and attitudes to immigrants.

We hope it will help all those living in our county to appreciate the role our shared history plays in shaping our future.

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