Caribbean through a lens (2015)

New Art Exchange Nottingham participants.

We worked with community groups to share and explore our collection of Caribbean images with some remarkable results. In partnership with community groups and heritage partners, people have used the collection to inspire 35 different community projects regionally, including exhibitions, reminiscence sessions, workshops and poetry.

Learn more about the different community projects 

Image collection

Newsboys waiting to collect their copies of News, Barbados, 1960. INF 10/39 (10)

Browse our collection of Caribbean images shared during the project. 

Blog posts

Participants exploring archives.

The legacy of Caribbean Through a Lens 

Back in 2012 over 100 people from around the London Borough of Southwark came together in a series of workshops to explore an inspiring collection of Caribbean photographic records. Creative workshops were designed by local artist Eva Sajovik and museum heritage manager, Catherine Hamilton. The legacy of The National Archives’ User Participation Project Caribbean Through a Lens has been brought to life in The Keeper’s Gallery. 

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Two images side by side of people standing in front of a watching crowd, performing or reading.

March Mash-up participants performing their pieces.

Marvellous March Mash-up! 

“Come Mek Wi Dig Out Dem Roots!” was the enthusiastic cry as Sharon Tomlin, a Caribbean family historian, took to the stage at the March Mash-up at The National Archives this week. 

The event was a celebration of various projects that have been running as part of the Caribbean through a lens Outreach project over the past year. 

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Online resources 

Related resources 

Audio from The National Archives Caribbean Family History Day 2006: