Citizens of a Common Future

George Padmore Institute – Press Statement


The Trustees of the George Padmore Institute are delighted to announce that Resilient Heritage funding, made possible by National Lottery players, has been granted for their one-year Citizens of a Common Future project.

We are excited that this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will enable us to produce a detailed options appraisal for the future of the George Padmore Institute (GPI) and use of our building at 76 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park.

An internationally respected archive and educational organisation, the GPI has carved out a reputation as being an essential resource for anyone interested in Britain’s multicultural history. From ground breaking cultural organisations to radical political and educational campaigns, the GPI holds a number of unique archive collections which have already been used for imaginative outreach work, including exhibitions and poetry residencies.

Now, in 2017, the GPI needs to modernise and plan for a sustainable future. Our Citizens of a Common Future project, will allow us to carry out a detailed options appraisal to provide a clear business and fundraising plan for the development and maintenance of the GPI and for securing its future as a sustainable heritage asset reflecting the experience of the black community in the UK accessible to all.

The project will include assessing refurbishment options for our current building, improving accessibility, allowing for growth and the most efficient use of space within the building; consulting/working with the New Beacon Books development group and other members of the local community on the best use our space and facilities and undertaking pilots of new community and business activities. By the end of the Project we aim to produce a detailed business and fundraising plan, identifying additional options and resources available to us, including relationships with the community and other heritage organisations, that will allow us to move towards financial self-sustainability.

The GPI and the HLF have worked together successfully in the past, the HLF having funded three of our previous archive projects. Founded in 1991 the GPI started its archiving work in the late 1990s and has completed work on 16 archive collections so far as well as substantial outreach work. We know that with the joint commitment and enthusiasm of the GPI and HLF, this project will flourish.

As a place of central importance to the diverse local community and beyond, and at a time of increasing intolerance in Britain and around the globe, it is vital to ensure we are all ‘Citizens of a Common Future’ – one where we can improve today’s society by learning about the past. In the UK, making the GPI fit for the 21st century will help to do that.

The George Padmore Institute would like to express our gratitude to National Lottery players and to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for this grant which will underpin our plans for the future of the GPI.

Trustees of the George Padmore Institute, 13 July 2017


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