Young Archivists 2022
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Serendipity are proud to collaborate with educators at schools, colleges and universities to offer a range of training and meaningful engagement around Black British history.  Our CEO Pawlet Brookes MBE regularly presents guest keynotes as part of Serendipity’s commitment to advocacy and sharing best practice.  She is a regular contributor to the programme for the Black European Summer School and also sits of the advisory panel for Midlands4Cities.

Our work involves training archivists, curators and cultural organisations in accessing and using Black history actively and research tools for both charitable and commercial organisations to use in planning, promoting and broadening audiences.

Young Archivists is a CPD accredited training programme aimed at young people from diverse communities who are currently under-represented in the heritage sector, to learn from heritage experts.  The programme supports people interested in a career in the sector to use technology to understand how archives and intangible heritage is recorded, preserved and shared.

This year we will launch an online CPD course focused on dance from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora for online audiences wishing to learn something new and  address genuine history for dance education.

For more information on our training programmes emails us at: 

Black British Dance and Performance: Impact, Voice and Gaze is an eight-week online course that will examine and explore Black dance from a British perspective. 

The course aims to further participants’ knowledge of how language, terminology and representation within the media and cultural practice affect the artistic and socio-political landscape within the UK and Internationally. Throughout the eight weeks, you will be taught by Pawlet Brookes MBE, CEO and Artistic Director of Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage with insights from pioneers of Black dance, including Thomas Prestø, Joan Myers Brown, L’Antoinette Stines and Sharon Watson.

The course will be assessed by Tony Graves, Former Associate Professor and Head of Subject, Arts and Festivals Management at De Montfort University. The course will provide a foundation of the policies and legislations to be mindful of when creating and programming culturally diverse work.

IP Guide for Black Artists and Performers

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