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The riches derived from the transatlantic slave trade are evident to this day in many of the UK’s leading visitor attractions. This project explored how these sites and their former owners profited from the toil and suffering of enslaved Africans.

Volunteers developed transferable skills as they carried out research, working closely with the University of Nottingham and the Workers’ Educational Association. They were able to speak as one in sharing their reflections with local, regional and national institutions including National Trust and English Heritage. They created project legacies such as a website’  and films which continue to be used through academic and community forums such as at international conferences and university workshops. Volunteers also took part in a radio broadcast, created poetry and songs and fed into digital outputs such as a blog, social media and podcast.

The volunteers travelled to Bristol and Liverpool and to places linked to the slave trade such as Newstead Abbey, an historic house in Nottinghamshire. At Derwent Valley Mills, a new World Heritage Site in Derbyshire, they ensured that the new £multi-million exhibition included the fact that cotton picked by enslaved labour was used at the mill.

The discoveries of how their ancestors were treated meant it was at times a painful journey for the volunteers. But it was also painful when some of the sites refused to engage in meaningful dialogue. In response they formed strong bonds, calling themselves the ‘slave trade legacies family’, and began a history society that has been invited to contribute a chapter to a new academic publication on community heritage funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Sites that did engage benefitted from feedback from a section of the community  that they often find hard to attract and engage.

Black Lives Matter – Lyrically Inspired – Lyric Competition

Win the chance to perform alongside Akala and some of Nottingham’s finest home-grown talent at the international event – October Dialogues: Black Lives Matter, Nottingham Contemporary.

Poets, performers, musicians, rappers and singers – tell us …

Why do Black Lives Matter?

The rules are simple
1. Write your lyrics
2. Record them
3. Send the recording in to

For more information call or text Bright Ideas Nottingham 07989 302571 This is open to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire residents only.All entries must be by received by Wednesday 7 October 2015

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Courses September 2015 – Fitness & Nutrition for Mental & Physical Wellbeing

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Courses September 2015

1 – Fitness & Nutrition for Mental & Physical Wellbeing

Join Zahra (BoxSmart Coach) and Matt (founder, Valkyrie Fitness) for an introduction to basic health, fitness and nutrition to help boost your mental and physical wellbeing. We will look at topics such as healthy eating, how to prepare and store healthy meals, how to enjoy exercise, how to eat healthily on a budget and basic fitness tips & routines. We will also give advice on how to improve your emotional wellbeing.

Starts: Wednesday 16th September 10am to 12.15pm for 6 weeks

Venue: John Folman Business Centre, Hungerhill Road, St Anns, NG3 4NB

Bright Ideas Opportunities!

We are currently on the look out for:

  • Carers of any age in Nottingham who would like to join the Carers Reference Group, which meets every few months to help improve services available to carers in Nottingham. The group meets with workers from the Carers Federation as well as local Councillors, to feed back views and help shape key documents.
  • Young carers aged 18 years or under who would like to form part of the youth branch of the Carers Reference Group to feed back views on the services available to them.
  • Young people aged 24 years or under who would like to help design a project to improve youth health services in Nottingham- the project could be music, dance, drama- it’s a chance for you to be creative!
  • Young people aged 24 years or under who would like to feed back their views on health services in Nottingham to help shape them for the better.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please email us at to register interest / receive more information.

Out of the Margins and Onto the Main Page

Focus group for Black girls and young women, aged 16 to 30


With Dr Victoria Showunmi, The Institute of Education, University of London


Monday 12th May, 6pm to 7.30pm, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

Tuesday 13th May, 12.30pm to 2pm at PATRA, Marcus Garvey Centre, Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2BY


Take part in this groundbreaking UK research into the experiences of Black girls and young women.


The focus groups will explore what it is like being a black girl / woman 1) in education and 2) looking for work.


Travel expenses, refreshments and a light meal will be provided.

To book, please contact or telephone Danielle or Merrisa on 0115 8379474 or 07989 302571



This event is supported by PATRA, Nottingham Equal, The African Caribbean Health Network, Bright Ideas Nottingham and 97.5 kemet fm.



Bubble-It has moved venue…

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Our new-look reggaerobics classes are back for 2014 at a brand new venue!


With fabulous instructor, Carol Burrell

7pm to 8pm Thursdays

The Marcus Garvey  Centre, Lenton Blvd, Nottingham NG7 2BY ‎

Only £3 per class

 Classes funded by the community for the community. Accept no imitations!

For more information about Bubble-It (Reggaerobics), FREE Bollybeats (aerobics Bollywood style) and other classes, please contact

or get added to our text list for updates: 07989 302571


Women Mean Business 2!


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Due to the great success of the first programme, we’re hoping to run the whole thing again!

Missed it the first time round? Click the link below to view the blog and find out more:

Interested? Email to be added to the new WMB mailing list.

PLEASE NOTE: This programme of events and activities is for women only.






Hearts and Minds updates!

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– Reggaerobics starts back on Thursday 10th April, 7pm at The Vine Community Centre, off Bobbersmill Road, NG7.

– The Samia Jawaid Khaliq Challenge for women starts back on Saturday 26 April, 4pm at Jawaid Khaliq Boxing Academy, 31 Hungerhill Road (Sycamore Millenium Cenre, NG3 4NB).

Email to register interest or find out more information!