The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant to Ming-Ai (London) Institute for the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project between June 2012 to May 2015.
Although it has involved many thousands of people over a century and a half, the history of Chinese workers in Britain has never been properly documented. Now a small army of volunteers will spend three years charting the role of Chinese workers in such a wide range of employment including seafaring, laundering and catering, etc.
For the Heritage Lottery Fund Sue Bowers, Head of HLF London, said: "This impressive project will trace the heritage of the British Chinese workforce over a period of century and a half underlining the considerable contribution they have made to London life."
Ming-Ai (London) Institute the Dean, Chungwen Li, said: "We are privileged to have the chance to compile a full picture of the British Chinese workforce in London; the Chinese contribution to society could be shared and celebrated among the communities through the learning opportunities provided in the project."