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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.