It’s Our England: Re-imagining England for the 21st century
The It’s Our England Project will deliver a series of workshops to local Sixth Form colleges that will set out to explore the many facets of national and local identity. The project will encourage local young people to think about the importance of national identity and how the values and ethics we hold dear can be reflected in an outward expression of who we are. Participants will attend a series of dynamic workshops in which they will be prompted to explore past, present and future ideas of Englishness. They will examine issues of identity, belonging, citizenship and politics as they formulate in their minds what England and Englishness mean to them.
This is an opportunity for young people to speak out, for their voices to be heard as together we forge a new image for our rich cultural identity, both locally in Southampton and Hampshire and in the wider context of England. It is also a great opportunity for them to develop key analytical and communication skills, and participants will be encouraged to generate an image, symbol, icon or brand that will best encapsulate their idea of what re-imagined England should look like.
John Denham, former Labour MP for Southampton Itchen and currently Professor of English identity and Politics at the University, is the project instigator. He recently delivered a very successful Enterprise Lecture at the University titled Re-imagining England, the transcript of which can be read HERE. (photo Steve Manley)
The project is run by staff at the University's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in collaboration with local colleges.