The presence of people of African descent in Hull and East Yorkshire 1750 – 2007

Freelance Project Researcher/Interpreter
sought by William Wilberforce Monument Fund

Closing date:  Friday 22nd July 2016

Fee: £200/day, 2.5 days per week over a maximum period of eighteen months.

The William Wilberforce Monument Fund is looking to hire a freelance researcher-interpreter to work on a new project to explore the presence of people of African descent in Hull and East Yorkshire from 1750 to 2007.

This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will culminate in a dedicated website and two exhibitions at the Hull History Centre and Beverley Treasure House. There will also be an oral histories element to the project supported by the James Reckitt Trust through Untold Hull.

This is a community project that will encourage everyone to participate. The position requires an ability to retrieve stories and information across a vast array of areas, from archival research through to personal recollections and community connections.

A keen interest in cultural heritage and research, with particular reference to diversity and the recognition of the historical presence of people of African descent in the Britain is essential. In addition the candidate should have excellent research and writing skills and particular practical experience of archival research and interpretation.

A fee of £200 per day for 2.5 days per week over a maximum period of eighteen months. This includes all expenses incurred by the post holder during the term of the contract.Applications

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your experience. Please also include a sample of writing of around 500 words to demonstrate your writing skills. Return your submission by Friday 22nd July 2016 by email to Mrs Gifty Burrows,

Interview date: Tuesday 2nd August 2016.

For further information contact Mrs Gifty Burrows at

The Project has its own website at
Comment. I have shared the information I have wtih one of the members of the organising group originally put together for another Hull based initiative in 2005.

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 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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