What’s Happening in Black British History? II 19 February Programme

What’s Happening in Black British History?

Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool

Thursday 19 February

10am-10.30. Registration: Tea & Coffee

10.30-11.00. Welcome. Prof Philip Murphy (Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Keynote. Dr Ray Costello (Honorary Research Fellow, University of Liverpool)

11.00-12.00. Session One: Liverpool History

Chair: Ken Pye (Managing Director, The Knowledge Group & Discover Liverpool)

‘Local History: Two Liverpool Families’. Jeffery Green (Independent Historian)

‘Black Seafarers, Servicemen and Workers and the Struggle to Survive’.  Madeline Heneghan (Co-Director, Writing on the Wall)

12:00 –12:15. Comfort Break

12:15 – 01.15. Session Two: Sport

Chair: Professor Alan Rice (Co-Director, Institute for Black Atlantic Studies)

‘The Rise and Role of the Colour Bar in British Boxing 1909-1947’. Gary Shaw (Independent Historian)

‘Losing the Heritage – Falling Out of Love With Cricket’ Dr Russell Holden. (Director, In the Zone Sport and Politics Consultancy; Co-Founder, Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Sport and Politics)

1:15- 2:15 Lunch.  Music provided by Jeff Green@BlackBritHist #WHBBH2

2:15- 3:15. Session Three: Culture

Chair: Clinton Smith (Chair of Preston Black History Group)

Black British History and the Music Influenc.e Marchu Girma (Narrative Eye)

Visual Representations of Significant Post-World War Two African Diasporan Artists. Shaun Wallace (Independent Art Historian)

3:15-3.30. Comfort Break

3:30- 4:30. Session Four: Memory and Legacy

Chair: Nigel Browne-Davis (Independent Historian)

Early Black British Narratives: Their Significance and Legacy. Norma Gregory (Independent researcher & journalist)

‘How Africans in the Caribbean Hastened Emancipation Day’. Arthur Torrington (Community Advocate and Independent Historian)

4:30 – 5:00. Tea & Biscuits

5.00 – 6.00 Round Table: Discussion and Conclusions

Chair: Dr Richard Huzzey (Co-Director, Centre for the Study of International Slavery; Senior Lecturer in History)

Professor Alan Rice (Co-Director, Institute for Black Atlantic Studies)

Elizabeth Burke (Executive Producer currently working on BBC Radio 4 series 18th and 19th centuries, ‘Black in Britain’.)

Dr Miranda Kaufmann (Writer, Independent Historian)

Michael Ohajuru (Independent Historian)

Dr Ray Costello (Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool)

6.00-7.00 Reception

To see abstracts of talks go to  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6i9jbvoAbO9a3lPbXhta1RZcEU/view

To book your place go to


Early Bird (until 06 February)

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Full rate

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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