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About the Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project

Our Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project will build on previous work to increase access and public engagement with the National Jazz Archive collections.

A second grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will support an ambitious 18-month programme to expand the archive’s holdings in collaboration with local and national organisations, inviting community groups of all ages to participate at the heart of the process.

It will focus on three local areas in Essex, and one area identified by the Black Cultural Archives, and will explore the investments that different generations make in promoting, performing, supporting and documenting our jazz heritage. In each location, using materials that we currently hold as well as others supplied by local jazz clubs and Chelmsford Museums service, we will inspire members of Age UK activity centres, local jazz clubs, local youth groups and young jazz musicians to explore and discuss what music has meant and still means in their lives.

Reminiscence workshops will be recorded by Loughton Youth Project, whose members will receive training in media, broadcasting and interviewing skills.

The University of Essex will interview older jazz musicians, promoters and organisers who are associated with the local jazz clubs.

Interviews and reminiscences recorded will be made available on our website and as part of an exhibition “Investment in Musical Heritage Across the Generations”.

The processing of new archival acquisitions will create opportunity for existing and new NJA volunteers, who will receive training in various aspects of Oral History and archival procedure.

Overseen by the NJA Board of Trustees, the key coordinators responsible for orchestrating partners, participants, activities and opportunities are: Project Manager: Angela Davies, and Project Archivist: Layla Fedyk, who are committed to ensuring an enriching experience for all parties and promoting the National Jazz Archive’s significance to British cultural heritage.

February 2016