Mothers Then & Now

Young women made vintage clothing based on the oral histories they had collected
Young women made vintage clothing based on the oral histories they had collected

Heritage Grants

Young women from different ethnic backgrounds investigated and learned about the changing role of women over the past 100 years.

BAWSO Ltd is a registered charity delivering specialist services to people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

[quote=Hannah, Mothers then and now project]“I’ve made so many friends and have experienced so much. We are even getting a diploma from this, which will be beneficial and great for the future.”[/quote]

The Mothers Then and Now project focused on the social history of women over the period 1900 to the present day, using personal testimony and archived material. The project concentrated on the history of local women from the diverse wards of south Cardiff, and gave the young women an opportunity to shape and deliver their own project.

The young women attended workshops with project partners Butetown History and Arts Centre on oral history training and archive access along with introductory sessions on archives and genealogical research with Glamorgan Archives. Using these new skills, the young women interviewed family members and held a community event to obtain further memories, artefacts and photos. Training was also provided in creative media with participants accredited in Edexcel Entry Level 3.

Following visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Cardiff Story Museum a fashion design workshop was held to make vintage clothing along with a drama workshop to create a drama piece based on oral histories content. A final public exhibition was held to share what had been learnt with the local community.

For further information, visit the Mothers then and now website. You can obtain further information about our Young Roots programme from the This is Mine video.

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