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Breaking Down Barriers: Promoting Community Integration and Raising Awareness of Historical Patterns of Migration in Europe.


This two-year project which began in October 2017 involves the following partners:

We are a combination of arts-in-education organisations, with schools at primary and secondary level, plus a University, as well as independent organisations that work in some part within an educational setting.

The project will examine historical patterns of migration in Europe in order to understand and reflect on the issues faced by people who are moving to a new home and land. The project will bring different groups together, and break down barriers between communities.

The project will address the following key questions:

  • How can we use creative methods to address the needs of different learners, and integrate learners from different cultural backgrounds?
  • How can we integrate creativity in the teaching of subjects – especially History?

The project will look at the impact of upheaval and change on people’s lives, when they move to a new place, or land.

It will focus on the experiences of migrant communities in different countries in the past.

  • What happened to these communities?
  • What traces remain of them today?
  • What kind of traditions and heritage did they bring with them – such as myths and legends, music and dance?
  • How far have these traditions survived?

We want to uncover and record things that may have been lost in time – or are in danger of being lost forever. These include:

  • Community customs and traditions (for example, special occasions, fairs, etc.).
  • Folk stories.
  • Folk music and dance traditions.

We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this two year journey, all made possible by the remarkable efforts of MAT with Erasmus funding from the British Council.

We look forward to keeping you updated on our journey and look out for our bulletins via our Twitter using our hashtag #digitalstories