Global Link’s National Heritage Lottery funded Documenting Dissent digital heritage project chart ‘hidden histories’ of dissent, activism and protest in the North West of England. Since 2013 we have worked with faith, school, youth and community groups to research and document stories related to political and environmental activism, religious dissent, LGBTQ+ heritage, women’s activism, conscientious objection and peace activism.
As a global education centre, we link these distant struggles for social justice and human rights with more recent activism or with issues that resonate around the world today. Volunteers on our projects have undertaken original archival research, attended lectures and workshops, conducted interviews and been involved in study visits to museums and elsewhere, leading to the recording of oral histories and the production of written articles and other digital outputs for the Documenting Dissent website.
Documenting Dissent highlights the ways in which ordinary people from our region have contributed in often extraordinary ways to the historical struggles for peace, equality, human rights and social justice.