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Project charts city's immigration
A project charting the history of immigration to Bristol is to be launched by the city's ex-MP Tony Benn.

Historians at the University of the West of England (UWE) have been given a 120,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to study communities who moved to Bristol.

Together, they will create a book and a website marking 1,001 years of ethnic minorities in the city, from the medieval age to the present day.

The scheme will be unveiled by former MP Tony Benn next week.

Madge Dresser, one of the project's leaders, said: "We want to know how the host community in Bristol responded to foreign immigration from medieval times to the end of the twentieth century.

Host community

"For example, did the local elite treat the rural English poor differently from foreign migrants and their Bristol-born descendants?

"And what were the experiences of the incoming groups, from Welsh, Irish and Jews in medieval times to Poles, Afro-Caribbeans, South Asians and Somalis in the late 20th Century?"

UWE's Vice-Chancellor Sir Howard Newby, said: "This project is a wonderful opportunity for all sections of our community to contribute and learn from Bristol's history of immigration."

The work will form part of a 6m project called England's Past for Everyone, co-ordinated by the University of London's Institute of Historical Research.

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