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Sara Wajid realises her professional interests coincide with the DiverCities agenda.

As a writer and editor specialising in the history of minorities in Britain, I was excited about the working at the Intercultural Cities Conference – not least because it also gave me a chance to view Liverpool’s much-hyped International Museum of Slavery at The Maritime Museum. The last decade has seen a radical revolution in the heritage sector. Museums and archives are rich resources for stories about nationhood. And, if you ask the right questions and know where to look, they are surprisingly redolent repositories of stories about the long history of immigration. While communities of new and settled migrants are urgently recording their own oral histories, places like The Maritime Museum have begun, imaginatively and creatively, to discharge their duty to tell previously untold histories. The national narratives we choose to recall directly informs our futures together. This shift has coalesced neatly with advances in new technology leading to a tsunami of shiny new mega websites available to all who know they are there.
Here are my intercultural favourites.



Med Voices
The Mediterranean Voices project commenced in June 2002 and represents a three-year ethnographic investigation into the cosmopolitan oral and social histories of 13 historic cites across theMediterranean region, and in particular, certain urban quarters within them.
www.med-voices.org



Moving Here
Discover how and why people came to England over the last 200 years – you can also trace your own roots.
http://www.movinghere.org.uk



Untoldlondon
London history told through the eyes of its cultural minorities. Search London museum collections by the diverse ethnic origins of the city’s inhabitants.
http://www.untoldlondonorg.uk


Refugee Stories
Stories taken from interviews with over 150 refugees now living in London.
http://www.refugeestories.org/



Hidden Histories
Eastside Community Heritage tell the story of the last fifty years of East London

 


Stories Of London’s Refugees
Oral Histories from the Museum of London’s recent exhibition.
http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/belonging



Port Cities – Unearthing Britain’s Maritime Heritage
This packed website offers a great starting place for anyone looking to explore the diverse cultural history of Britain’s great maritime cities, including Liverpool.
http://www.portcities.org.uk
http://www.mersey-gateway.org

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