Borderland Voices a charity promoting Health and Well-being through the Arts


Polish Connection

Polish community in the paperA fascinating and engrossing venture that we have been working on since 2003 is a reminiscence project with the local Polish community, many of whom lived at the camp in Blackshaw Moor, near Leek in the years following the Second World War.

We have done a series of interviews with the original Polish residents and their families and have recorded some wonderful and moving stories, both of life in Poland during the war and the sometimes horrendous journeys that led to a little village in the Staffordshire Moorlands. This archive collection has already led to a large volume of text which has been used to form the basis of a PowerPoint presentation and an exhibition which will travel around the Staffordshire libraries this autumn.

With the help of funding from Market Towns Initiative, in May 2004 Borderland Voices published the book of Polish reminiscence, 'A Long Way from Home'. The book was launched at Leek Library and followed by a celebratory evening organised by the local Polish community.

We are also grateful to County Arts Staffordshire for helping with funding towards the design and printing of 4 permanent exhibition boards covering the Polish Connection project.

This exhibition has already been seen at Leek, Biddulph, Stafford and Hanley libraries and there are plans to show it at other Staffordshire libraries during 2005


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On Tuesday 24th Sept we are having a day at Tate Liverpool to see the current major exhibition of work by Marc Chagall. Subsidised by BV/Lloyds TSB, exhibition entry is £5; bring sandwiches or buy lunch there. Please let Andy know by 10 Sept if you want to come so she can confirm tickets. Rose will lead follow-up sessions inspired by the work.