This Spring we have commissioned poets, photographers and artists to be part of our Connecting People and Places Exhibition. Designed to increase recognition of how migrant and communities of diverse ethnic heritage have influenced heritage across England, our participants will depict what heritage is to them. We spoke to some of our volunteers to find out what it means to them to be part of the project.
We spoke with Charlotte Vinsen, 28, from Liverpool who will be one of our volunteers helping set up our exhibition at The Liverpool Lighthouse. Charlotte in her spare time like to get creative with sewing and is also a fan of playing Dungeons and Dragons. Keen to connect with the with the heritage and art of the North West, we delved deeper into why she wanted to volunteer for Blueprint for All as part of the Connecting People and Places project.
What does heritage mean to you?
Heritage has been a societal selection of cultural historical markers, which means it shifts and changes with the society it represents. To me I prefer thinking of heritage as an expanding and moving idea, and not a static place in the past.
Why did you want to be a part of the Connecting People and Places project?
I was really interested in the country wide project, and wanted to connect with the heritage and art of the North West, having lived up here now for 5 years.
Have you ever worked in the built environment sector or in the heritage sector?
I worked at the National Railway Museum after graduating, in a visitor experience role. It was good to gain experience in the everyday running of a heritage venue.
Hear from Adelle A’asante, an artist from Yorkshire, her work, entitled ‘Beans Hall’ is a comment on local building the Piece Hall in Halifax, commenting on her heritage and identity as a Black African woman in the UK.