Black and Slavery History Events & News at 5 February


Wednesday 8 February. Liverpool workshop on slavery and public history

Will explore how different kinds of public historians and organisations have represented Britain’s historic role in both slavery and its abolition. There will be an open session for people to discuss new projects and ideas, giving participants a chance to see how we might help each other and get involved.

Organised by Antislavery Usable Past, a five year project based at the University of Nottingham and at WISE in Hull.

International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

Registration is free and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please book a place on the Antislavery Usable Past at

(from LBS newsletter February 2017)

Sunday 19 February. 1-3pm.   Clapham Common Black history walk

Home of many prominent abolitionists; the African Academy school; large-scale slave-owners such as George Hibbert and Samuel Proudfoot.

Black History Walks . To book a place email

(From LBS Newsletter February 2017)

African animals in late medieval China

Paul Robeson – His relevance today in Trump’s America

‘“It’s a good time for a revival of Robeson,” said Paul Von Blum, a senior lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA and author of the book “Paul Robeson for Beginners.” “He was a forerunner of the modern civil rights movement now with the renewed social activism we saw (in the Women’s marches of Jan. 21). His life could be an example of activism against the Trump regime.”’

‘Paul Robeson must be turning in his grave.

The late singer, actor and activist — who, in the 1950s, was banned from travelling outside of the United States after being accused of having anti-American sentiments — would likely be disappointed to see the new Trump administration using the same scare-mongering, anti-democratic tactics.’ – James Cleugh in Tri-City News about Tayo Aluko’s Call Mr Robeson show on 16 to 18 February in British Columbia.

Another one man show about Paul Robeson is touring in the US.

Legacies of British Slave Ownership Update

  • New website section of original documents with added commentary to be added to every Friday afternoon.

  • Exhibition panels added to website as pdfs: The Slave Trade, Life in the Colonies, and Slave-owners in Britain.
  • 7 regional panels exploring local connections to slavery added to website: Devon, the Midlands, Manchester, Croydon, Wandsworth, Bloomsbury and Scotland.

(From LBS newsletter February 2017)

The Colour of Shadows: Images of Caribbean Slavery

‘Richard Bridgens was an English furniture designer who in 1816 married Maria Shaw, heiress of her father Colonel Daniel Henry Shaw and owner of St Clair estate in Trinidad. In 1826 Bridgens, with his wife and children, moved to Trinidad to manage the plantation. Bridgens published his drawings of plantation life in West India Scenery in 1836. The Colour of Shadows, a new book by Judy Raymond, reassesses Bridgens’ life and reveals new information about the enslaved people his drawings.’ (LBS Newsletter February 2017)

Raymond’s book is published by Carribbean Studies Press


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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