Welcome to Doncaster

Doncaster 1914-18’s ‘Welcome to Doncaster’ project worked with refugees and asylum seekers living in Doncaster today to explore the welcome Belgian refugees received during the First World War.

Through a series of creative, collaborative workshops, refugees and asylum seekers compared their experiences of living in Doncaster today with those of Belgian refugees a century ago. The outcomes — a film exploring refugees experiences then and now, and a series of artworks made by participants exploring this history were displayed in Doncaster 1914–18’s Keep the Home Fires Burning exhibition. This co-curated exhibition also featured content produced by volunteers, local faith groups, school children and members of local heritage groups as well as stories and objects crowdsourced through the Doncaster 1914-18 website from local people. Volunteers for the Conversation Club, a key organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Doncaster, wrote text to accompany creative outcomes created by refugees as part of the project.

View the project video, created by local artist Wayne Sables: