Joint BME Events and Activities Small Grants

The Social History Society is proud to administer a small grants scheme to support BME history on behalf of eight learned societies. The Joint BME Events and Activities Scheme supports both projects undertaken by Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) historians working in the UK or projects exploring histories of BME people. Funding decisions are made by an independent judging panel currently composed of Professor Catherine Hall, Dr Meleisa Ono-George and Dr Jonathan Saha. There is more information about the scheme on our funding pages.

Grants of up to £1,000 were available to support directly incurred research costs, conferences, workshops or symposia as well as other public history activities such as exhibitions, walking tours, performances or podcasts. Owing to the challenges posed by COVID-19, and the disproportionate impact these have had on BAME communities, we expanded the remit of the 2020 round to include directly incurred research costs. We also put the deadline back from 1 September to 1 December in the (optimistic) hope that the situation would have improved, but of course the opposite was the case.

Although the number of applications received was lower than we had initially hoped, the quality was excellent and the changed remit allowed us to provide targeted support for vital scholarship to continue in difficult times. The judging panel made their decisions based on three main criteria: (i) whether the applications fitted the brief of supporting BME historians and/or histories of BME communities; (ii) the originality of the project/research; and (iii) the feasibility of the project/research.

We are delighted to announce funding for the following projects following judging by our independent panel (Professor Catherine Hall, Dr Meleisa Ono-George and Dr Jonathan Saha):

  • Rohin Alexander (University of York) for the ‘Margins To Centre’ undergraduate conference
  • Dr Shirin Hirsch (Manchester Metropolitan University and People’s History Museum) for ‘Public Disorder in the Archive: Rebellion in 1981 Thatcher’s Britain’
  • Dr Rosie Knight (University of Sheffield) for ‘Walking in Our Stories: Sheffield African-Caribbean History Walking Tour’
  • JC Niala (Horniman Museum and Gardens) for ‘Afro Historyscapes’
  • Marral Shamshiri-Fard (LSE) for ‘Visual Politics and Protest in the Middle East: Third World Liberation, Transnational Solidarity, and the Global Sixties, 1967–1976’
  • Kay Stephens (on behalf of the Remember and Resist project led by daikon* collective) for ‘Uncovering Histories of Migration and Resistance: Dover 58 and Morecambe Bay’

We will feature these projects on our website over coming months.