The Swynnerton Plan
This project has included preliminary attempts at paintings based on redacted documents, growing tea and coffee plants from seeds and public distribution of printed information.
The Swynnerton Plan of 1954 refers to British colonial agricultural policy in Kenya implemented during the Mau Mau Uprising. The plan aimed to intensify agricultural production through cash crops such as tea and coffee; removing indigenous populations from ancestral lands, redistributing property and displacing hundreds of families. This period of colonialism includes some of the worst atrocities and human rights abuses committed by the British Empire and thousands of documents from this time have been destroyed, hidden or redacted so the truth of these actions (among many others) are still not widely known, acknowledged or included in education about British history. Further links below: