Interesting Projects

Podcasts on Historical Scottish Migration to Poland
(Kowalski and Bajer, 2010)

Ponglish? How Polish migration is changing the Polish language
(Dziennik Polski article, 2010)

Sport and Physical Activity - Polish Community
(Sporting Equals Charity, 2010)

The Street Photography Now Project
(Photographers’ Gallery, Howarth and McLaren, 2010)

Support the proposal for Britain's first Migration Museum
(May 2011)

The Senseable City Lab Algorithm
(Dec 2010)

The Essential Guide for Polish Parents

A nine month research project addressing issues presented by Polish Pupils in London Schools was conducted by Rosemary Sales, Louise Ryan, Magda Lopez Rodriguez and Alessio D’Angelo in 2008. Their research, funded by the Economic Social Research Council and Multiverse, has been used to form an essential guide for Polish parents living in Britain.

For further information about the project please follow this link to the Economic Social Research Council website: ESRC Polish Pupils in UK Schools Research.To download ‘The essential guide for Polish parents’ or to read the full report and report summary please follow this link to the University of Middlesex website: The Essential Guide for Polish Parents.

Affluent Workers

Sarfraz Manzoor takes Professor Fiona Devine back to Luton where in the 1960s sociologists Goldthorpe, Lockwood, Bechhofer and Platt surveyed a sample of 'affluent workers'.
The programme touches on the Luton Polish community.

Broadcast on Tuesday 23rd Feb, 2010, 11.00am on BBC Radio 4.

Affluent Workers Radio Programme

North East Museums and Galleries Culture Shock Project

North East Museums and Galleries have set up a project called 'Culture Shock' whereby digital stories from people around the North East have been collected and are currently being shown in the Hancock Museum, Newcastle. Participants in the project are asked to think of an object displayed in a museum or gallery in the North East, and discuss how the object relates to them. It's a really touching project, providing a platform for a diversity of voices from across the North East. If you would like to know more about the Culture Shock project go to:  

The Culture Shock Project Website

*Update! I was so excited by this project, I took part and made my own Culture Shock documentary. You can view it here: 

Poland's Migration Challenges

Polish emigration experts Krystyna Iglicka (the Center for International Relations Warsaw), and Magdalena Ziolek-Skrzypczak (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) have produced an excellent online article about the outcome of EU enlargement on Poland. The article includes information about: historical background, immigration to Poland, refugees and asylum seekers, emigration from Poland, Polish citizens abroad, remittances, return migration, Polish immigration policy and Polish integration policy.

Poland's Migration Challenges Article

Podcasts on Historical Scottish Migration to Poland

As part of the University of St Andrews Scotland and the Wider World, Researchers' Night 2010, Dr Peter Bajer and Professor Waldemar Kowalski have uploaded there papers on to podcasts, downloadable on the Researchers' Night webpage. I think this is a really innovative and exciting way to present research, being free, accessible and public, and both papers present Scottish migrants in a very empathetic manner. The podcasts are downloadable in both Polish and English.

Podcasts on Scottish Migrants in Poland-Lithuania

Ponglish? How Polish migration is changing the Polish language

Here's a link to an interesting article in the daily newspaper 'Dziennik Polski'. It details how the Polish language is being adapted by Polish migrants resident aboard who use such terms as 'car na cornerze'. Are we ready for hybrid language 'Ponglish'? 
Po Ptokach? Dziennik Polski Article

Sport & Physical Activity - Polish Community

The charity Sporting Equals, which aims to promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity in the UK, produced this interesting information leaflet in 2010 which highlights issues of Polish health and lifestyle and also gives a brief summary about participation in sport as a migrant group in the UK.  

Factsheet on Polish Health and Physical Activity

The Street Photography Now Project

The Street Photography Now project was launched in September 2010 while the Photographers’ Gallery on Ramillies Street, London went into a phase of redevelopment. It’s the brainchild of Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren, authors of the book ‘Street Photography Now’ (published by Thames and Hudson, 2010 View Book) who work in collaboration with the Photographers’ Gallery. Each week a new instruction is sent out to amateur and professional street photographers via email asking them to capture a new idea / style / position / concept. It is hoped that this will inspire a fresh perspective and way of documenting the world. The project is running for a year, and you are welcome to contribute your own captures following this link: Take Part Here.  All contributions can be viewed at different instruction numbers through the online photo gallery Flickr, for example, the gallery for instruction #21 can be viewed here: Instruction #21. A link to all the galleries and the project organisers special selections can be found here: All 'Photography Project Now' Galleries . Contributions to the project include those by Newcastle’s own Polish street photographer, Piotr Wiktorski. The project will run for a year, and you can join at any time. The aim is to build a global community of photographers exploring ways to document public life.

The Photography Now Project Website

Support the proposal for Britain's first Migration Museum
A group of keen volunteers under the leadership of the former Minister for Immigration, Barabara Roche, are spearheading a campaign to open Britain’s first major Migration Museum. Read more about the project here: migration Research has already been completed by research group IPPR into the feasibility of the project. Their report is accessible on the Migration Museum Project website. To support the campaign the Guardian newspaper has launched a competition to find "100 images of migration". The winning entries will then feature in Weekend Guardian magazine. To find out more about the competition follow this link: The Guardian Migration Museum Photography Competition or go to 100 images of migration on Flickr to submit entries and join the group.

Senseable City Lab

Senseable City Lab is a project which aims to redraw the map of Great Britain from a network of humand interactions. It questions regional boundaries and redefines geographical areas. The researchers used a telecommunications database of Great Britain to work out an algorithm to express these interactions and the results can be viewed on You Tube here: Senseable City Lab Algorithm