Refugee Week: Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury, original name Farrokh Bulsara, was one of the most beloved British rock singers of all time. Born to Parsi parents who had emigrated from India to Zanzibar, Freddie Mercury and his family would move once again in 1964 when Zanzibar became part of the independent country of Tanzania. It was in his new… Continue reading Refugee Week: Freddie Mercury

My Refugee Ancestors

DNA testing within ancestry research is a useful tool in providing a scientific answer to our geographical origins. Although interesting, it doesn’t replace the personal details found in a paper trail, as I discovered when researching my family history.   My own initial search was over 10 years ago but had stalled at an 1837 marriage record with the surname Conteto. This was the year when legislation was passed for the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths. I found additional information in the Decennial Census records, a useful source where 1841 to 1911 is currently available and with 1921 due to be added next… Continue reading My Refugee Ancestors

Refugee Week: Sir Alec Issigonis

Even if you don't know who Sir Alec Issigonis is, you're almost certainly familiar with his work. The son of a Greek merchant, Sir Alec immigrated to London during the war between Greece and Turkey in 1922. He joined Morris Motors in 1936. While there he developed the Morris Minor, the first all-British car to… Continue reading Refugee Week: Sir Alec Issigonis

Refugee Week: Celebrating Refugee Week with Preschoolers

As parents and educators, we are often uncomfortable about sharing the “big topics” with our young children. Sometimes we want to protect them from sadness, or from situations that we feel that they do not need to know about. Young children do not generally have the life experiences to understand what might be happening in the world around them, but… Continue reading Refugee Week: Celebrating Refugee Week with Preschoolers

Empathy Day

June 10th is Empathy day! We're so excited to have joined the fantastic line up at to bring you some brilliant events. Tune in at 1.45pm to see our paper dolls dilemmas activity. Fiona at South Ruislip has created another craft for us to get started with, follow the steps below to create an… Continue reading Empathy Day

Pride Month 2021: Three acclaimed authors tell us all about their compelling queer books

It’s Pride Month 2021! While we love to celebrate queer books and LGBTQ+ authors throughout the year, we thought this might be a great time to revisit three of our favourite author talks from the past few months. Each of these interviews features an amazing author talking about a book with compelling queer storylines and themes. Enjoy!   Laura Kay – The Split   When Sheffield-set… Continue reading Pride Month 2021: Three acclaimed authors tell us all about their compelling queer books