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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.



Lyrically Inspired Music Competition!!

Black Lives Matter - Lyrically Inspired

Bright Ideas Nottingham in collaboration with Cultural Vibrations present …

Black Lives Matter: Lyrically Inspired

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.…/black-lives-matter

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 that’s 07989 302571

This is open to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire residents only.

All entries must be by received by Wednesday 7 October 2015

October Dialogues – Black Lives Matter – International Event


On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the UK Race Relations Act and the American Civil Rights Movement, during Black History Month, please join the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (University of Nottingham), Bright Ideas Nottingham, the Monitoring Group and Nottingham Contemporary for The October Dialogues 2015.

Plus an evening of Hip Hop performance and dialogues featuring Akala and activist-scholars Dr. Monica Miller and Dr. James Peterson from Lehigh University from 6.30pm – 9pm.

Christopher Alder. Sandra Bland, Michael Brown. Kingsley Burrell.Kindra Chapman, Julian Cole. Smiley Culture, Joyce Curnell, Mark Duggan.Demetre Fraser, Joy Gardner. Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Freddie Gray, Cherry Groce, Mya Hall, Cynthia Jarrett, Ralkina Jones, Rodney King, Stephen Lawrence, Olaseni Lewis, Trayvon Martin, Edita Pommel, Tamir Rice, Sean Rigg, Colin Roach, Tony Robinson, Azelle Rodney, Walter Scott, Raynette Turner. #SayTheirNames #ICantBreathe #HandsUpDontShoot #BlackLivesMatter

The rallying calls of a new movement have spread across the US and the UK. There have been over 1000 Black Lives Matter protests worldwide in the last two years and mobilisationsin at least 10 UK cities. There are now 30 Black Lives Matter chapters across the United States. The movement responds to the oppression, violence and exclusion that shapes black lives: in the US, 42% of black children are educated in high-poverty schools, black Americans are 37% of the country’s homeless population, constitute nearly half of the 2 million jail population, and are 26% of those killed by police (though are 13% of the population). In the UK, black children are more than twice as likely as white children to be living in poverty, black people are six times as likely as whites to be stopped and searched, are more likely to go to jail when convicted of similar crimes and will serve longer sentences, are twice as likely to be not in employment, education or training, and are more likely to be forcibly restrained when held under mental health legislation. “I Can’t Breathe” evokes the suffocating daily reality of all these statistics.

A series of panels featuring activists and researchers will explore the roots, dynamics and possible futures of #BlackLivesMatter. Is it a movement or a moment? A transatlantic or an American phenomenon? How does it operate on local, regional, national or international levels? How does it negotiate leadership? What characterises its rhetoric, visual culture and philosophies? Is it a new civil rights movement, a new Black Power movement or a new black feminism? Did Black Lives Matter bring down the Confederate flag? Push President Obama to speak with a new voice? What is its protest heritage – does it draw from the lessons, tactics and legacies of anti-slavery, anti-lynching, the Black Panthers, anti-racism, anti-apartheid, or Occupy? Is there a usable past for Black Lives Matter and what is that protest memory in the US and UK? What should #BlackLivesMatterUK be about? What is the history of Black Lives Matter since the UK Race Relations Act and the US Civil Rights Movement of 50 years ago, and where is Black Lives Matter goingnext?


Free, complimentary lunch will be served, all are welcome, but seats are limited so please register for the day conference, the evening event or both.

Supported by the British Academy

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One Year on!

One year on since the journey began and our Slave Trade Legacies family still remains strong. We had a return visit to the Dewent valley Mills, Belper Mill and Comford Mill to screen our Connected cotton Documentary which we made in partnership with the Nottingham University.

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Introducing Black History, Social Studies and Business from a Black perspective:
18 weeks
Due to popular demand, Temple Education in partnership with Go Digit All will be facilitating an 18 week adult education programme with ‘the Black History Man’ Robin Walker, starting:
Saturday 14 February 2015
The course, Black History, Personal Empowerment and African Cultural Studies, is divided into seven modules that are all focused on the Black experience and taught from a Black perspective. The
modules are:
• History
• Political Studies
• Sociology
• Psychology
• Religion
• Science and Technology
• Business and Economics
We are looking to recruit 30 adults on to our programme on a first come, first served basis. You must be able to commit to all 18 weeks. We aim to turn out 30 powerful, socially-focused adults who can
move themselves and the community forward.
Course: Black History, Personal Empowerment and African Cultural Studies
Venue: Go Digit All
How to get there: Bus Service No. 11, 48, the tram to Nottingham train station or 10 minutes walk
from Nottingham train station
Times: Saturday Afternoon 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Registration and Introduction date: 14 February 2015, time TBC
Start date: 28 February 2015
End date: 18 July 2015
Contact: Temple Education on 0116 3400349 or Go Digit All 0115 986 6044
To confirm your place: Email or with your
full name, email address and contact number. Alternatively you can call 0116 3400349 or 0115 986
6044, to register with the required details or for more information.
Course fees: FREE – DONATIONS WELCOME (To cover the cost of room hire)

Interesting event approaching

An interesting event coming soon at Five Leaves bookshop just off the Market Square in Nottingham:
Kevin Fegan on Obama the Mamba: President of the Slums
Meet “the Mamba” – George Hussein Obama, former Nairobi slum gangster. Barack’s younger brother, born of the same Kenyan father. Only an accident of birth divides them. Whilst one brother made it to the pinnacle of First World power, the other became a self-styled president of an African slum.
Kevin Fegan will be reading from his one-man stage play and talking about his visits to the Nairobi slums to meet George and the community where he lives and of George’s visit to see the show in the U.K. Kevin will be showing recordings of brief extracts from the play and from the Dutch TV documentary he helped to make about George.
Kevin Fegan has written to commission over 50 stage plays for a wide variety of theatre, including award-winning plays ‘Excess XS’ and ‘Strange Attractors’ (Contact Theatre), ’52 Degrees South’ (Imperial War Museum North), ‘White Trash’ (Quarantine) and more recently ‘Slave’ (Feelgood Theatre at The Lowry, Salford). He has written several plays and drama serials for BBC Radio 4, and worked as a storyline writer for Granada Television’s Coronation St. He has also published 10 collections of poetry, and edited several anthologies. He is a regular performer of his own poetry.
Admission £3.00, including 15% off all purchases made on the night.
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Find Us
We are in an alleyway opposite the Tourist Information Centre, one minute from the Market square, just before “The Works” and “Primark”

See the full Press Release for Slave Trade Legacies.

Slave Trade Legacies: The Colour of Money
Belle, Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave…
Nottingham project plans its own film about slave trade legacies
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £9,700 to Nottingham community engagement and involvement
organisation, Bright Ideas Nottingham for a project that works with local people to explore aspects of their
hidden heritage…
Click here to see full press release.

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