Project volunteers attended the briefing and training sessions with a view to explore the oral history memory collection and interviewing techniques.
The Takeaway Heritage project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and it aims to capture and share the hidden heritage of restaurants, cafes and takeaways run by migrants in Brighton and Hove. The project intends to increase the diversity of the underrepresented and sometimes overlooked studies on the food serving establishments run by the members of the black and ethnic minority (BME) communities.
The project also aims to highlight the facts such as the workers stereotyped as unsophisticated, whereas they are in fact often well educated and highly travelled, bringing with them culture, recipes and techniques from afar. The post-pub kebab is a staple of traditional British drinking culture and yet many workers have been victims of racist abuse, encapsulating the local microcosm of the multicultural high-street and experience of globalisation through their stories and personal histories.
The main angle of the project is on the oral histories of the workers, owners and customers as a way of telling the untold history of migration and the evolution of integration. The focus of the project is the members of the community from MENA (Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North Africa) countries.