Kettle Partnership is working on an exciting new project with partners in the Ukraine. Home to Home is an oral history project, linking objects to memories to explore the story of Ukrainians in Britain.
Working with the Ivan Honchar Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine’s National Folklore Centre Home to Home is funded by a new European Programme – Tandem – supported and developed by the European Cultural Foundation, MitOst and the Soros Foundation. Tandem links cultural organisations in the EU with those in accession countries, supporting them to work together on joint projects. The first Tandem programme launched this year with Ukraine and Moldova.
Home to Home will take place in both Kyiv and London. London has a large Ukrainian diaspora community, and we will use oral history techniques to tell the stories of the people who immigrated to the UK after World War II and before Ukrainian independence in 1991.
The year-long project will connect objects in the collection of the Ivan Honchar Museum to personal memories and the wider history of the Ukraine and its influence on the London diaspora community. Compared to other eastern European diaspora communities in the UK, the Ukrainians have been relatively insular in terms of sharing their culture and as a result there isn’t a great deal known about Ukrainian identity or history in the UK.
Home to Home has a number of objectives, including audience development within the Ukrainian community and in Kyiv, the creation of an online archive and developing interaction between people and organisations in London and the Ivan Honchar Museum.
As part of the Tandem programme – all participants attended a week of meetings and seminars in Brussels earlier this year. Following this, Kettle hosted a 2-week visit to London from the Deputy Director of the Ivan Honchar Museum. We all shared an intense 3 weeks in each other’s company, but this has proved crucial in building up levels of trust and working through cultural differences to planning a strong collaboration.
Tandem is unusual in recognising the importance of connecting people and organisations to start meaningful collaborations, something we in the UK can learn from. Home to Home kicks off in February 2012 and we will post regular updates on progress.