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Kick the Dust Young People's Group

We’re looking for a group of young people to help build an exciting 3 year project exploring the history of Birmingham and Sandwell; what that history is, who tells it, and how its told.

The Black Country has a big chain on it’s flag celebrating its industries, and any Brummie will tell you that Birmingham has more canals than venice - but, do people talk about what those chains were used for, or what those canals were used to transport?

The Radical Heritage Project (working title) is all about asking young people if our museums and heritage organisations are telling our stories, and the stories of our ancestors, and the stories of our communities honestly, properly, and thoroughly.

We’re working with Birmingham Museums Trust and Chance Glassworks in Smethwick to create spaces for young to have a say in how those organisations are run, and how they tell their stories. We’re also working with Birmingham City University and University College London to help young people aged 16 - 25 to find answers to difficult questions about whose history this is.

We’re going to spend the next 6 months building this ambitious project and we need 8 young people aged 16 - 25 living in Birmingham and Sandwell to work with us to shape the direction of the project.

Between October 2017 and March 2018 you’d need to come along to 5 co-creation sessions, visit our partner’s sites, and help build your own events and workshops. You don’t need to have any special skills sets. If you’ve got experience of shaping projects that would be great, but the important thing is an interest in history and heritage and an understanding of the experiences of young people from underrepresented communities in the region today.

You should be:

  • 16 - 25
  • Living in Birmingham or Sandwell

Be able to attend:

  • Induction on 13th October 5 - 7pm
  • 2 sessions between 16 - 20th October (evening)
  • Branding & Symbols workshop on 30th October 5 - 8pm
  • 2 creative workshops with lead artists w/c 20th and 27th October (evening)
  • Event development workshop 4th December 5 - 7pm
  • An event, which you will produce, to be determined (early January 2018)

All meetings will take place at either Beatfreeks HQ (iCentrum, Innovation Birmingham, B7 4BP) or at our partner’s sites. You will receive a £50 travel bursary to attend meetings across the sites.

To apply, please fill out the form at this link by Thursday 5th October at 6pm.

If you’ve got any questions, need any additional support or would like to submit your response via audio or video get in touch with  and he’ll be able to help.

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