BSWN hosted two exhibitions in Bristol and Gloucester to showcase the vast amount of information collected for the Back to the Future project. Both events were well attended as participants were given the chance to read for themselves the stories of those interviewed, and learn more about the process of conducting an oral history project on BME organisations and communities. During these events we focused on the people who brought the histories of these organizations to life through their narratives.
What we learned was many who either started organisations, or became active in them, did so because of larger social issues. Racism, a lack of help from local councils and larger government, and the need for some sort of community support were large factors in why these BME voluntary and community groups were formed and sustained over the years, and why many of the individuals interviewed chose to be apart of these organisations.