Thursday, 29 June 2017

Coming soon.... Migration for Safety


Acrylic Screen print on steel sheet by Laura Asselborn and Donna-Lee Seymour. Content research by Sue McLean

Hope....for tomorrow   A story of migrating to Great Britain in search of a better future. Interviewed at etc Sussex, Hastings, 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Oral Histories

The POP project was invited to ETC Sussex in March to talk to their group members.

Education Training Consortium Sussex (etc sussex) was formed in 2008 to meet the training and education needs of people from marginalised communities. Amongst their great work they run English, Maths and IT classes for people whose first language is not English and offer support to help encourage integration into the community.

We were welcomed wholeheartedly into their class and were privileged to have been shared some personal histories of contemporary migration to Sussex. These recorded conversations gave a valuable insight to the struggles endured by those seeking a better life and the joy, hope and success it can bring. These collected oral histories form our heritage of today and will be archived for future generations to access.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Migration for Work

Migration for Work focused on people who had moved to the U.K and to the region and made a contribution to the development of the area.

The students were introduced to archive material relating to a Roman Empire iron works situated in the Hastings area. The site was under the control of Classis Britannica, the provincial navel fleet of ancient Rome. Part of this archive in the stored collected at Bexhill Museum are the excavated remains of a bath house from the site.  Along with clay tiles, the remains include “opus caementicium”, Roman concrete, a new technology migrated to Britain.

This material inspired the project group to compare the lives of three people who worked extensively in concrete material and built significant structures in the region and left enduring legacies.


Laura Asselborn and Donna-Lee Seymour screen printing at Sussex Coast College Hastings, School of Art and Design.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

POP at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

                             Kimono by Allanah Evans and Jack White

Kimono by Isobel Brown

Film by Isobel Brown

Migration of Design

Working on ideas at Bexhill College with exhibition coordinator Bern O'Donoghue

Interior of the Kursaal, Bexhill's former entertainment building, used as inspiration.

Alannah Evans building one of the kimono at Bexhill College

Project Taking Shape

Having spent some time looking at the collections and archive material at Bexhill and Hastings Museum and discussing various aspects of migration, the project team discussed how they might develop the found heritage into exhibition displays at the three partner venues.

It agreed by the participants that the subject of migration could be told in three sub topics in each place and so the working groups were formed:

·      Migration of Design

·      Migration for Work

·      Migration for Safety