Summary of Heritage Celebration 2005
In October 2004 Nubian Jak piloted the Celebrating A Common
Heritage project. The pilot involved launching an English
Heritage blue plaque to the late Trinidadian writer and political
thinker, CLR James, promoting seven English heritage BME plaques
and a celebrity game show fundraiser. The culmination of this
African Heritage Month pilot project last year saw Nubian
Jak become the first black owned company to work exclusively
with English Heritage and its Blue Plaques Team in their history.
In fact the pilot project was launched and supported by Culture
Secretary, the Rt Honorable Tessa Jowell MP, ensuring local
and national interest in the project.
Such was the success of "Celebrating A Common Heritage" that
there were calls for it to become an annual event.
For October 2005 through to December 2005 Nubian Jak, with
support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Westminster Green
Plaques, London Libraries has developed Heritage Celebrations
2005 which involves most of London Boroughs.
This year's project uses four themes focusing on black and
minority personalities who have made a significant contribution
to London. The celebration provides a gateway for people of
all ages to explore the multicultural heritage of the nation's
capital. The four elements to the project are:
- London Libraries BME Treasure Hunt (October)
London Plaques Treasure Trail (October)
- Celebrating A Common
Heritage Educational Booklet (November)
- Celebrity Heritage
Tribute Gala - Who Knows Jak (December)
— The Central London Plaques Treasure Trail (3rd October
- 27th October) involves 3 English Heritage Blue plaques and
3 Westminster Green plaques between Warwick Avenue (W2) and
Oxford Circus (W1). The trail commenced with the unveiling
of a heritage plaque to the Crimean War heroin, Mary Seacole,
which has been specially commemorated by Westminster Council
and Nubian Jak with the support from the Portman Estate. Other
names on the trail include the historic London sites of: The
Cato Street Conspiracy, Robert Browning, Jimi Hendrix, Lokmanya
Tilak, William Davidson and Oluadah Equiano.
— London Libraries Black History Month Treasure Hunt
(11th October- 31st October) involves 72 libraries across
London taking part in a family learning quiz throughout October.
However, for the London borough of Newham Nubian Jak has done
a specially prepare quiz called "Searching for Gold." This
quiz is designed to keep Newham's Olympic dream in the public
eye and features questions on the 10 black British athletes
that have won an Olympic gold medal. Can you name them?
— A Heritage Celebration 2005 Educational Booklet has
been published specifically for the project. With pictures
of the treasure hunt plaques, and biographies on the personalities
featured, the booklet will be distributed in schools and libraries
to support complement and in some cases improve learning materials
— Finally, a Celebrity Heritage Tribute Gala Evening
at the Institute of Education at the 900-seater Institute
of Education is scheduled for 27 November 2005. The gala will
be an evening of fun-filled entertainment with celebrities
paying tribute through an itinerary of music, poetry, comedy,
dance and a game show called Who Knows Jak, to the 10 personalities
featured in Heritage Celebration 2005 project to a close.
The event will be a fundraiser for 2 charities, and members
of the audience will also get the opportunity to win some
fantastic prizes including an all expenses paid family holiday
to the Caribbean.
More information about the Nubian Jak Celebrity Heritage Gala
Tribute can be obtained from the latest
news section on this site.