Birmingham & Black Country

Fifty years of independent Jamaica marked in Birmingham

Stories from people who came to the UK from Jamaica in the 1950s and 60s are forming a new exhibition in Birmingham.

The display, at the city's Museum and Art gallery, features exhibits about the country's history as part of the 50 years of Jamaican Independence events.

It has been put together by The Kingsway Project, a voluntary organisation in Lozells and Handsworth.

The display coincides with the Jamaican track and field team team holding its Olympic training in the city.

Annette Robinson from The Kingsway Project said: "Part of the work we do is about active citizenship.

Colourful panels

"The work that we've been doing is intergenerational work, getting people of different ages to talk to each other," she said.

"I am not sure if the Jamaican team will see it, but they will definitely know about it."

The exhibition was started by young people being encouraged to listen and record stories about older people's experiences of the differences between the Caribbean and the UK.

The written versions of the stories were then converted into a display of "interesting, vibrant, colourful panels".

Jamaica 50 will run until 30 September in the community gallery.

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