Norwich Schools of Sanctuary, New Routes, Old Roots (Anglia Ruskin University), The Common Lot and Amnesty International joined forces to organise a day of action in schools across Norfolk on Friday 20th April 2018. Norfolk Welcomes kicked off the Amnesty International Football Welcomes weekend.

Norfolk Welcomes saw over 50 primary and secondary schools across the county deliver assemblies and lessons to raise awareness of the experiences of displaced people such and to connect pupils with Norfolk’s rich history as a place of sanctuary and refuge. A number of them also held non-uniform days at which pupils wore green and yellow and made a voluntary contribution in order to raise money to support refugee communities locally.

For the day of action, the research team behind Come Yew In! were joined by other citizen researchers to conduct new research, and use existing materials from Come Yew In!, to develop educational resources for primary and secondary schools. For more info on Come Yew In!

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Project Consultant:

Image of Jeannette BaxterJeannette Baxter
In my role as project research consultant, I am responsible for: defining Norfolk Welcomes’ research parameters; building and leading a local research community; evaluating the research outcomes of the project; liaising with local schools and colleges; and project management support.

Researcher Profiles:

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Ally Ireson

I’m a freelance writer, editor and content consultant working in the arts and heritage sectors. I specialise in opening out subjects for a general audience, and am currently part of a team creating content for a new website for the V&A. I’ve lived in Norwich for the last five years, and spent some of my childhood in the city. Having lived away from Norwich for more years than I’ve lived in it means I still sometimes feel a bit of an outsider, so working on a history of incomers to the city was an interesting proposition. I’m a real believer in the power of stories and sharing everyday experience. And as the mum of two children at junior school I’m really happy to work on a project that aims to use lesser-known aspects of Norwich’s past to underpin new narratives about what the city is and should be today.

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Jake Brown

I’m a recent ‘incomer’ to Norfolk. In 2015 I moved with my family to Norwich from Tanzania. I’m a teacher at Avenue Junior School and I also lead Norwich Schools of Sanctuary, a network of schools committed to building safe, welcoming and inclusive communities for displaced people. I have a longstanding interest in how football, community and culture intersect. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as a journalist and wrote chiefly about African football and international development. I am interested in how football clubs and football cultures reflect the places and communities from which they spring. I hope to find out more about Norwich City FC and the club’s links to local stories of displacement and integration.
I need a shave and a haircut! Been too busy of late…

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Lisa Crossman

I was born in Malaysia, lived in Australia in early childhood, and divided my schooling between the UK and International schools in Europe. I have a degree in Microbiology from University of Bristol, an MSc in Molecular Genetics from University of Leicester and a PhD from University of East Anglia, Norwich. I have lived in Norwich since late 1993, although I commuted to work at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge for seven years. Whilst in Cambridge I converted from laboratory Biology to Bioinformatics, where Biology meets Computing, and I was elected Honorary Lecturer at University of East Anglia. I have authored many scientific papers. Since 2013, I have owned the scientific consultancy which deals with a range of high data projects and programming tasks. My interests in the project of the legacy of the Norwich ‘Strangers’ involve computer data analysis, history of brewer’s yeasts and the Plague.

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Paul Stanbridge

I have lived in Norwich for the past 10 years, and find myself in the fortunate position of being a novelist and musician. I studied at the Universities of Reading, Manchester and East Anglia, and wrote my PhD thesis on creative method in literary modernism, which I finished in 2011. Over the following six years I wrote my first novel Forbidden Line, which was published at the end of 2016 by Galley Beggar Press. After volunteering for L’Auberge des Migrants in Calais in January 2016, I began researching and writing St. Arbuc, a novel about a refugee community in post-apocalyptic Europe. St Arbuc will be published by Galley Beggar Press in 2019. I have chosen to research the refugee experience in present-day Norwich by taking a single street and seeing how refugee stories are woven into the wider story of the community as a whole.

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Julie Brooks

I was born in North Norfolk and have a passion for its History and people. I work for a company called Inspiring Learning who run residential school visits throughout the UK and through this work can see first hand the value of passing our knowledge and skills to young people. I hold a BSc Hons taken through the Open University and my hobby is Local History. I am also a trained hypnotherapist.