Neil Kenlock’s HLF Expectations Project launched in spring 2018, showcasing a selection of his photographs that focused on black British leadership in the 1960s and 1970s. The key project activities were delivered by March 2019, which included a touring exhibition, website launch and a series of publications. The project was very well received by both the black community, the media and the arts industry.
The next stage of the project is the legacy phase, which is just as or perhaps even more important than the delivery stage. Often projects are completed and they become distant memories of those who participated in them but the Expectations Project lives on through the printed works, website, the book, amazing social media content. It also continues through the skills gained by the wonderful volunteers, who worked in areas such as archiving, research, events, social media and other aspects. Many of them have used the skills they have gained through our training programme, to find new opportunities and teach others.
One year on from the start of the legacy phase, we have attended a number of events speaking about the photographs and their stories, as well as the project process. We will be writing a series of posts about these experiences to keep people up to date, so look out for them!