Notes for Know-how: Do-It-Ourselves Higher Education (third session)

Know-how: Do it ourselves higher education

Session 3: 30th October 2014

Croft Street Community Centre

Start 7 pm

Present Mike, Joss, James, Andrew, Peaceful, Tim

The session started with James presenting work he has been involved with in the Abbey Ward, The Old Bunker Project:

The aim of the Old Bunker Project is to convert a bomb shelter, built in the Second World War, into a community facility. This project iis being carried out through a process of extensive consultation, collaboration and co-operation with the local community. The project has completed phase one: research and consultation, is seeking funding to carry out phase two: design, before moving onto phase 3 of the project: building the new facility.

James’ work shares many of the values and politics of the SSC so we were very excited to hear about the very practical steps he had taken to put the project into practice.

James has worked very closely with local community development organisations and the local council and was able to give us a very useful list of people to contact.

Talking with James helped the group to focus our thinking around the research project we should undertake as the main part of the K-h course this year. We decided to focus on writing a local history of the Abbey Ward with local residents, based on stories and experiences of the local population; and, not only a local history, but also a ‘social topography’ looking at the relationship between the geography and the geology of the city, as a basis for the location of different parts of the population: the bourgeois areas on the top of the hill near the cathedral looking down over the working class parts of the ward, situated near the factories and the river. A key theme to focus on in this work would be the history of immigration in this part of Lincoln.

It was decided that we would carry on developing our general knowledge about Abbey Ward and to make contact with the key people who James had identified for us. James expressed an interest in collaborating with us so that we could work for the mutual benefit of the two projects.

At the end of the session we had an update on the health and wellbeing project being undertaken at a local further education college. We were pleased to hear how well the project is going with a number of unforeseen positive effects already taking place.

The meeting ended at 8.45.