In 2016, Hannah took a DNA test and discovered that her ethnicity was less British than she imagined. This inspired her FMP and dissertation to study history, migration, and ethnicity.
The project promoted self-love and an appreciation for the cultures intertwined within the ever-changing face of Great Britain. In all the drawings, each individual's ethnic mix was represented through body language and fashion in a Victorian-themed portrait. This helped to signify the common British ancestry in all fourteen people, as their other predecessors came from Italy, Germany, Nigeria, Senegal, Grenada, Yemen, China, The Philippines, and so forth.
Discussing heritage, most of Hannah's models spoke about the past, immigration, racism, and how their families were vilified through war and politics. However, they were optimistic for future generations in the UK, believing that feel-good, inclusive projects like this shine a light on celebrating cultural differences.
Unite This Kingdom achieved local press coverage in Sunderland Vibe magazine and on Sun FM radio. On social media, she received support from Ancestry, the largest ethnic testing database company in the world.
The project asks: what do you know about your roots?