The History behind Chigger Foot Boys – Heritage Lottery Fund Project

StrongBack Productions is running a series of free workshops for young people to learn about the lives of young Caribbean men who fought in World War One and the world they found themselves in.

Why did young men living thousands of miles from Britain decide to volunteer to fight for King and Country?  What action did they see in Europe and Africa?  How did the war change their attitudes to King and Country? And after the war what did the future hold for them when they returned to the Caribbean?

These free workshops are for young people (15-22) who want to learn more about an era which was the pre-cursor to modern Britain’s multiculturalism.  Participants will be encouraged to use their creativity to bring history to life for the public by creating the content for six exhibition panels (written information and historical photographs) and digital content for an accompanying website (written information, photographs, audio and video).  Participants will be given training in how to create the audio and video content using a variety of technical equipment (mobile phones, tablets, video cameras).

The workshops will be led by Dr. Richard Smith a lecturer from Goldsmiths University of London and playwright Patricia Cumper.  Dr. Smith is an expert in the role Caribbean Soldiers played in World War One and will guide participants in how to conduct their research.

To book your FREE place email Project Manager Pauline Walker: