Video Art Postcards

Slavery, Racism and Resistance

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16WebsiteFilmPDFImage

In the summer of 2007, two groups of teenagers from the London Borough of Newham participated in a unique experience. Assisted by video artists and historians, the teenagers uncovered sites related to historical racism and anti-racism in the West India Docks area of London and expressed their view of this history and heritage by using digital media and their imaginations. Each participant produced a personal short video, or ‘postcard’, informed by their learning, and the 33 one-minute films can be viewed on the project website.

The project was a joint initiative between Manifesta and Runnymede Trust, and was supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To accompany the films, a Teacher’s Guide has been produced, available as a PDF on the website. The 13 lesson plans contained in the guide have been devised by two experienced teachers and curriculum writers. They all relate to QCA Curriculum Guidelines for Citizenship at Key Stages 3 and 4, and address the majority of the suggested goals, including the key concepts of Democracy and Justice, Rights and Responsibilities and Identity and Diversity.


Items available

    • Film
    • 33 short films produced by teenagers from the London Borough of Newham are available on the website.
    • PDF (free)
    • Teacher's Guide available as PDF from the website.
    • ISBN: 978-0954838997
    • No. of pages: 30
    • Image
    • Photo gallery on website.

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