Picturing Our Past

Picturing Our Past

A photo of a wall painting, showing a lighthouse with the word 'hope'
A photograph from the project titled 'Hope'. Credit: Derrick Kerr

Heritage Grants

Clydebank Waterfront
Inclusive Images Ltd
£99000
A participatory photography project is supporting disabled people and those from socially deprived areas to engage with their local and national heritage.
Person's shadow on a walkway
Photo taken by a participant

West Dunbartonshire-based social enterprise Inclusive Images are driven by a desire to help people tell their stories through photography. 

Run by Charlie Sherry, who is himself disabled, they encourage active participation in workshops and online groups to share stories and make connections among people who can feel extremely socially isolated.

For the Picturing Our Past project, participants are supported to actively engage with places of local historic significance and iconic heritage sites.

The project began bringing people together online and forging vital connections in 2020, despite the various restrictions in place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The project has also developed a steering group of local organisations, with the aim of influencing policy in relation to people with disabilities and their access to heritage.

Our aim is to encourage those who have little or no chance to access Scotland’s history and heritage, to gain a better understanding of it and their place within it.
Charlie Sherry, Inclusive Images founder

Charlie says: “The people we work with have been amongst the most socially excluded and isolated over the past year. Many of them have also been at the greatest risk from the virus and yet their voices and experiences are rarely heard.

"Our aim is to encourage those who have little or no chance to access Scotland’s history and heritage, to gain a better understanding of it and their place within it.”