Heritage Project

Oral History Projects

Rite of Passage

Rite of Passage is an Oral History Project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The projects focused on capturing the memories and experiences of individual stories of women from Black Asia and Minority Ethnic (BAME) living in Bolton.

We did this project as part of our community cohesion plan, as we want to celebrate the diversity of Bolton, where people from diverse communities live together. Our Rite of Passage project also served as a unique opportunity offered to our BAME women in our community to get their experiences, feelings, attitudes, customs and memories recorded, documented and archived so that their children, grandchildren, and members of a wider community, can have access to their stories, experiences and memories.

This Project focused on getting an understanding of those women’s cultural traditions, the marking entrance into a particular status or place within their culture, with the focus on being a young girl to motherhood. We then compiled these stories as a documentary.

A massive thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for funding this project. A very big thank you to all the ladies and volunteers who participated in the recording of this project; we appreciate you; you made this project possible.  A massive thank you to Bolton Library and Museum Services staff for guidance and support on this project. A big thank you to Loveworld Bolton, Venics TV, and members of Precious Gems Bolton for all your support on this project.