BAM! Sistahood! Project

bamThe BAM! Sistahood! Project focuses on the cultural, social and political heritage of four generations of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women in the North East of England. The project will engage diverse communities, traditionally omitted from many regional heritage projects, in the recovery, mapping, research, digital archiving and promotion of North East BAMER women’s unique cultural and political identities and heritage.

This participatory and learner led project will engage women in their own strands of unique personal and community histories whilst placing it within the greater context of a rich tapestry of BAMER women’s movement and active cultural engagement in the region. The project will be delivered between November 2014 & October 2016 and will involve a number of public and community participation events, local, regional and national exhibitions as well as an extensive online digital archive.

The BAM! Sistahood! Project is a groundbreaking project, unique in its perspective and approach both supporting and advocating that BAMER women remain decision makers and custodians of their own heritage. The BAM! Sistahood! Project participants are also agents of change creating a blueprint for future generations of community and participant led digital heritage projects.

The BAM! Sistahood Project is not only about recovering a lost and underrepresented heritage but also about promoting the ongoing revelations of living in a region with the fastest growing demographic of BAMER communities in the country. The project celebrates this past and future diversity whilst authentically reflecting BAMER women’s vast cultural, social and political contribution.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund HLF) and working in partnership with Newcastle University’s School of Computer Science and Culture Lab with further support from Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) . If you want to know more about the BAM! Sistahood! Project, get involved, explore the archive media, volunteer or find out about community events please go to our website

As part of the BAM! Sistahood! Project, we are now able to provide heritage and digital training opportunities for all abilities. All registered participants and volunteers in the BAM! Sistahood! Project will be able to apply for accredited training in the following areas:

  • Basic Digital Documentation & Archive Skills
  • Advanced and Applied Digital Heritage Skills
  • Heritage Volunteering & Mentoring

Places are limited and participants will become accredited through their active participation in supporting and creating the BAM! Sistahood! Project archive. If you would like to find out more about these exciting opportunities please contact

The BAM! Sistahood! Project is a regional project and provides numerous training and participation opportunities in local areas across the North East. For further information about the project or partnership opportunities please go to or contact