Victoria Park Primary Academy - Memories of Spice from Smethwick

Victoria Park school pupils taking part in the Memories of Spice from Smethwick project

Heritage Grants

Smethwick, West Midlands
Victoria Park Primary Academy
The role of spices in shaping local culture, cuisine and customs has been captured thanks to a community history project in Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands.

Many different communities have settled in Smethwick since the 1950s. Victoria Park Primary Academy set out to capture stories and memories from local people and research how the use of spices has shaped cultural traditions, festivals, ceremonies, cooking and costumes.

"We set out to bring our diverse community together, so using spices to understand where we came from certainly did that.”

Nick Clitheroe, Project Manager

The project included visits to the Birmingham factory of East End Foods, where many different spices are prepared and packaged; and to Smethwick’s Sallop Drive Market Garden where spices have been cultivated in the heart of the community for over 50 years.

The project culminated in a procession through the town and the creation of a Spice Map to share findings with wider audiences. Watch the video on YouTube.

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