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Story Swap: Discovering and Remembering Stories of Migration and Refuge

PDF iconStory Swap Poster 4 October 2021

On October 4th at 6pm, staff from the University of Chester, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, and Cheshire Halton & Warrington Race & Equality Centre (CHAWREC) are hosting ‘Story Swap:
Discovering and Remembering Stories of Migration and Refuge’.

This will be an opportunity to hear about the lived experiences of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who have crossed borders and made Cheshire their home. It will offer participants the opportunity to hear and share tales of travel, arrival and settling in, the challenges of mastering a new language and climate, and the joys of making and sharing food.

Dr Hannah Ewence and Dr Kara Critchell (both from the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester) will share some of their research into histories of migration in the region and CHAWREC members will reflect on their own experience of making a new home in Cheshire. Attendees are encouraged to share their own reflections and experiences.

At the event there will be food available which reflects the histories of migration which have helped shape the region.

To complement this occasion, the team behind the event are developing a photo display at the Unity Centre. Attendees will be encouraged to bring along photos and personal items which reflect their experience of migration. This display is inspired by the ‘Journeys to Cheshire’ oral histories collection, recorded some 10 years ago, featuring interviews with migrants to Cheshire. If you have images, documents, or items related to any of the following themes, they would love to see them, scan them, and potentially include them in the display:

  • The journey to Cheshire and the emotions of travel
  • First arriving in a new country
  • Feelings of belonging- both to a new place and to your country of origin
  • Food that reminds you of home
  • Clothing
  • Weather and environment

Photos and documents can be dropped off at the Unity Centre. You will need to sign a release form so we can have your permission to copy it and show it publicly. Staff will keep your documents and pictures safe and will return them to you once they have been scanned. If you have any questions about the project/display, please email

The event is open to all. It is supported by the Institute of Historical Research and is being held as part of the IHR’s centenary celebrations to coincide with Black History Month.

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