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Post Breaking the Myths - Oral History call
on: March 8, 2017, 21:33

We are currently underway with our project, 'Breaking the Myths:Oral Histories' a sub project of 'Breaking the Myths: WW1 and Africa'.

We are looking for people to provide oral histories for our Breaking the Myths Oral Histories initiative, an initiative by Diversity House to record the personal stories and memories of the African contribution to WW1. The stories will be drawn from diverse communities from the African diaspora and will be recorded for future generations to learn how their predecessors and relatives were involved and made sacrifices in the Great War.

The stories will be shared on line and promoted on social media to generate a conversation and jolt the memories of stories that have laid hidden for so many years. It will also culminate in a one day commemorative event in October 2017 in which different communities will be invited to share their stories and memorabilia of WW1.

Collecting oral histories is part of the African tradition. In West Africa the Griots (oral historians and storytellers) held important positions in the community. It was their job to hand down stories from the past to younger generations through music, poetry and recitations. Breaking the Myths: Oral Histories is a reflection and continuation of that tradition as well as an informal way of collecting and validating stories which have not been heard. Some of the stories and memorabilia will form part of a bigger exhibition on the African Contribution to WW1 by Diversity House.

If you know anybody who would have oral histories to share with us, please let us know. Together we can create an enduring legacy for the Africa and the First World War.

You can see the project here @

Thank you for your time.

Kind regards,

Sam Charlton

Diversity House
Phoenix House
Central Avenue
ME10 4BX

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5 thoughts on “Forum – Questions, Promotions and Travel”

  1. I have not been able to find an explanation for the story of P. J. Pretorius and his connection to the Konigsberg not being part of the official history of the war. Can anyone enlighten me about this?

    My best wishes to you and yours.


  2. As an Army Officer I am about to be posted to Kenya for a couple of years. I would be interested in running a battlefield tour of the WW1 sites in the country next year and would welcome suggestions and help from the experts.

  3. I am currently attempting to research the life story of one of the men recorded on our local ww1 memorial. His name us Sidney Evans and I know he served with ‘Bowker’s Horse’, He died 28th November 1918 at Florida Farm and is buried at the cemetery in Nakuru. I have discovered a newspaper article which names Samuel Evans claiming probate in East Africa. I am interested in how he came to be in East Africa and the circumstances of his death, also whether Samel remained there. I wonder if anyone is able to help?

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