From Great War to Race Riots

Writing on the Wall have been presented with a number of significant, original documents covering the period 1919 to 1921, by community member and activist Joe Farrag. This archive relates to the position of Black ex-servicemen, seamen and factory workers stranded or left destitute in Liverpool after the First World War. 

We are currently recruiting people who may be interested in getting involved in this project. Are you interested to find out more about your heritage? Do you have a passion for history and local history? In recognition of the immense historical importance of this archive, both locally and nationally, Writing on the Wall have been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to run a seventeen month creative heritage project.  Local Writer Emy Onuora, Historian Mike Boyle, Poet Levi Tafari and WoW’s Co-Director, Madeline Heneghan will work with community members to explore, preserve and catalogue the archive and to respond creatively to this incredible resource. Participants will gain valuable skills in archiving, historical research, web-related skills including scanning, cataloguing and digitisation of the archive on a dedicated website and will have a chance to explore the archive creatively. 

You can find out more information about this project via our 
website. If you would like to book a place on this project or find out more information, please contact Madeline Heneghan on 0151 703 0020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A section of the archive is available to view in Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, L8 1TH