Background: WonderZoo's founder Slain McGough Davey was project co-ordinator for the 100 Homes Project (2014 - 2018), which won two national awards with Community Archives Heritage Group (CAHG), 'Best Community Engagement' and 'Best Overall Project'.
His experience of running this successful community history project and his passion for local history and civil rights has led him to create two new history projects for Plymouth that celebrate Plymouth's diversity, which are both funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund...
'Celebrate Respect History Project' is all about archiving the Plymouth Respect Festival, founded in 1998 by Ann Wilkinson, who sadly passed away in 2020, and her friend Dan Thompson. This project started in Feb 2022 and will end in Feb 2024 and will gather information, interviews and artefacts from an important multi-cultural festival that has brought diverse communities together in fun and celebration.
'Hidden Figures of Plymouth' is about highlighting important figures linked to Plymouth who come from global majority or marginalised backgrounds, giving them due credit and recognition, and taking the information into educational and community settings in the form of talks, workshops, and an information booklet. This is to raise the profile of the diverse history of Plymouth and promote racial equality. This ground-breaking project creates two new job roles for Plymouth, and will hopefully leave a legacy beyond its initial two years in the form of a new group for the city that promotes diverse history. Start - February 2023. End - February 2024.