About SEEME Wiltshire

SEEME is a Heritage Lottery funded community project where local people and organisations are working with Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Music Centre & Salisbury Playhouse to collect life story testimonies from Black, Asian & minority ethnic (BAME) elders across Wiltshire and provide learning and participation activities in response to these stories. As well as exploring people’s life experiences of living in England.

seeme launch
Wiltshire is a county of diverse people and communities who have been present in this area for over hundreds of years, but their histories have remained hidden. We want to uncover those hidden histories. While Black people have been present in Wiltshire since at least the eighteenth century and probably earlier, our main aim for the time being is to focus on the stories of the African-Caribbean, Asian communites and other minority ethnic people who migrated to or were born in Britain during the twentieth century. This generation is ageing and it is important that their stories are recorded before they are lost.

Westlea Housing Association provided some initial funding to kick-start the project and in November 2010 we were awarded £39,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete a two-year project.

In addition to collecting the life stories of elders in our communities, SEEME will leave a lasting legacy for future generations. SEEME will develop this website which will be accessible to everyone. Schools & colleges will be able to link from the website to educational resources to help with curriculum subjects such as Citizenship and History. SEEME will also compile a summary of transcripts and themed extracts into published volumes which will be accessible to all. Drawing upon the stories, images, experiences and information collated throughout the project a 2012 SEEME calendar will be produced aiming to highlight and promote both the experiences and contribution made by diverse communities in Wiltshire. The project will also run a series of family learning and intergenerational activities, while encouraging young people to respond to the testimonies through the arts, such as drama and film animation. This is an exciting project for Wiltshire and we hope you will explore our website to see how you can participate or can get involved.

SEEME was officially launched on Sunday 12 December 2010 at the Wiltshire Music Centre.



Contact us

SEEME Wiltshire
c/o Wiltshire and Swindon Archives
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
Cocklebury Road
SN15 3QN

Telephone: 01249 705515
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