A student from a UK School looks at a big screen whilst smiling.
A student from a British Council UK Schools programme.

Shared Heritage at Home is a digital campaign from the Our Shared Heritage Project exploring the shared heritage of the UK and South Asia through the stories, memories and objects in our homes.

The project is looking for people to run online discussions, workshops, training and more to encourage young people to explore their heritage at home.

The Project

The Our Shared Cultural Heritage project (OSCH) focuses on exploring the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia. The project works with young people aged 11-25 to experiment and create new ways for museums and youth organisations to work together, become better places to explore identity, connect with others and create new opportunities for young people. The project is led by British Council in partnership with Glasgow LifeManchester Museum and UK Youth. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Kick the Dust programme. 

Shared Heritage at Home 

In response to being unable to do face to face activities the OSCH project is running Shared Heritage at Home an online campaign exploring the things in our homes in order to tell connected stories and memories from across the UK and South Asia.  

Chai and Chat Hour 

We will be holding a weekly Chai and Chat hour on Twitter on Tuesdays' at 3pm BST on the OSCH Manchester Twitter and OSCH Glasgow Twitter to share and discuss the shared heritage in our homes. To get involved follow @OSCH_mcr and @OSCH_Glasgow on Twitter and join us to share images and stories about the heritage in your home. 

Online Sessions: Get in touch now to run a session! 

We will be setting up a series of free live streams, discussions, workshops and training sessions for young people aged between 11 - 25 years to be run in coming weeks and months.

We anticipate most of the sessions to be streamed live on social media platforms or run on video conferencing paltforms such as Zoom and be publicly accessible, but some more engaged sessions such as training or workshops may be delivered to a closed group of young people - including under 18s. 

We are open to the content of sessions, and are keen for a wide variety of people to host them. We are particulary keen to hear from young people aged 18 - 25. 

Some ideas:

  • Oral history training sessions
  • A panel discussion 
  • A creative workshop 
  • A storytelling session

We want the discussions to respond to heritage in peoples homes - such as food, stories from family members, objects, memories, music, fashion, films, letters, old photos and more. It may be training session on how to collect stories, a live stream cook along or a follow-along textile workshop.

Get in touch!

If you are interested in getting involved, please download the below document for further details and then email Heritage Project Manager Isobel Cecil on isobel.cecil@britishcouncil.org with your proposed session idea. 

This open call will run for 2 weeks from 12th May - 26th May, after which it will be reviewed based on interest and availability.