Exciting news from the Heritage Lottery Fund

The Dream to Change the World Project gets the go ahead. Press statement from Trustees of the George Padmore Institute, 15 March 2010

The George Padmore Institute would like to express our gratitude to the HLF for granting us the funding for our five year Dream To Change The World Project. We are excited to have been successful in our application as this award will enable researchers and the public to access another one of our valuable and unique collections – the personal archive of the GPI’s founding chairman, John La Rose (1927-2006). John was an inspirational presence in black British and Caribbean political and cultural activism, who touched lives across all five continents. His many achievements included being a writer, publisher, cultural and political activist, trade unionist, founder of New Beacon Books and director of the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books. [See the entry on John La Rose in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for a full biography.]

Margaret Busby, writer and cultural activist, has stated: ‘I don’t need to tell you how important John was and is in the collective history of black Britain, and every day I am reminded of how urgent it is to be able to share his experiences and all the material around his life and work particularly with a younger generation and those who did not have the privilege to know him’.

The GPI and the HLF have worked together successfully in the past, the HLF having funded two of our previous archive projects. Founded in 1991 the GPI started its archiving work in the late 1990s and has completed work on 10 collections so far. Dream To Change The World  is our most ambitious project to date – being the longest, five years, and with an extensive outreach programme.  We know that with the joint commitment and enthusiasm of the GPI and HLF, this project will flourish, expanding the GPI’s rich archive as well as our networks and our engagement with schools and communities.