Time Line : Our Year, The Colour of Money

July 2015

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June 2015


Slave Trade Legacies  PT1 – The Colour of money -short film

Slave Trade Legacies PT2 – The Global Cotton Connections


The Slave Trade Legacies family have been invited by Susanne Seymour from the University of Nottingham to take part in the AHRC Connected Communities Festival taking place at Cromford Mill on Saturday 20th June 2015. Activities during the day will include showing the project film to the wider public and holding panel discussions. Additional tours of Cromford Mill and Belper Mill will also take place during the day.

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May 2015

Global Cotton Connections – Belper Mill & Cromford Mill Festival poster invation click here to download.


March 2015

Radio Advert for the  celebration event


Febuary 2015

02.02.15 The official Community Video; I Cant Breathe, Black Lives Matter!

January 2015

23.01.15 One of the appalling things that we learnt on the project last year was a member of the public telling us that her daughter had been taught in primary school that the term ‘West Indies’ related to the West coast of India!!! This might be of help to that teacher who is still out there and to anyone else teaching young people about the Caribbean: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/geography-of-the-caribbean.cfm#mat

23.01.15 Interesting article about Jamaican local history – Paul Bogle and St Thomas published just before Christmas in The Gleaner. The suffering that people endured AFTER slavery was abolished in Jamaica due to harsh times:http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20141219/lead/lead92.html

‪18.01.15 #‎BlackLivesMatter‬ Part II starts 9pm @thetalkbackshow Looking forward to it @KemetFM

14.01.15 Members of the Slave Trade Legacies family took part in the filming of the Nottingham ‪#‎Icantbreathe‬ video yesterday. More news to follow!

11.01.15 This is one of the issues a USA Black PhD student made me aware of recently.
Unbelievable: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10562901/Creepy-wedding-trend-Plantation-Weddings-Lets-get-married-at-a-former-slave-plantation.html

08.01.15 We have been thinking about songs associated with slavery today. This is very powerful:

09.01.15 Take a look at the Slave Trade Legacies Learning Journey short film :  Full Film premiere coming soon.

December 2014

28.12.14 @BBCNottingham with @JodiLaw @_Ankunda  will be reviewing  African and Caribbean news from 2014; #‎Icantbreathe #‎BlackLivesMatter is being highlighted!

 22.12.14 Many members of the Slave Trade Legacies family attended Nottingham ‪#‎ICantBreathe‬ ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ peaceful protest yesterday in the Victoria Centre.ICB2  ICB6

21.12.14 A piece of music produced by Nottingham Artist relating to the ‪#‎Icantbreathe‬ Peaceful Protest in Nottingham’s Victoria Centre.

12.12.14 8 Slavery PhD Scholarships at University of Hull. The Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation is an interdisciplinary institute that generates world class research and provides a forum for academic discourse and interaction that advances public understanding of both historic and contemporary slavery, and thereby informing political and social change: http://www2.hull.ac.uk/student/scholarships/slaveryandemancipation.aspx

Prejudice is a burden which confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible. Maya Angelou

Slave Trade Legacies floral display at Newstead Abbey by Bettina Wallace, floristry student from Basford Hall College  featuring flowers and materials which reflect the slave trade.


November 2014

21.11.14 Yesterday at Boughton we spoke about the music of Sancho but we didn’t get to hear any! This site has links to his music: http://sanchomusic.tripod.com

20.11.14Yesterday we visited Boughton House in Northamptonshire. We listened to a wonderful presentation by archivist Crispin Powell which told us about the Montagu family and their ‘black servants’. This included Ignatio Sancho who was the first black man to vote in Britain. He also influenced the abolitionist movement. After the presentation we visited the Montagu monuments in the church at Warkton which reflect the charitable works of the family. Later in the afternoon we had a tour of the house. It was a wonderful day and it was good to visit a site that had some positive stories to tell us and to share some of the latest research on Black presence in Britain in the eighteenth century.

Slave Trade Legacies family visited the Montagu Monuments, a HLF funded project on the Boughton Estate. Here they found the monument to the 2nd Duke of MOntagu and his familywho supported Ignatius Sancho and his son William. Here are some comments:

“4 wonderful marble monuments celebrating the life of the Duke of Montagu and his wife and descendants. Do come and visit its wonderful.”

“I would be delighted to let everyone know about Boughton House … the 4 monuments are so wonderful and I would like to revisit it in the future.”

To see more on this visit click the link: https://slavetradelegacies.wordpress.com/projects/the-colour-of-money/boughton-house/

Boughton House
Boughton House

October 2014

31.10.14  We have been running a 4 week short course on Slave Legacies; the final day of the Slave Trade Legacies course with the WEA is on 31.10.14. The course closes but the project continues.

WEA Slave Legacies Course

30.10.14 97.5 Kemet FM today at 1pm. Slave Trade Legacies Live Broadcast with Slave Trade Legacies family sharing our journey with some special guests including  Nottingham Artist Kilo Green and  Percy Dred performing live pieces of music.

20.10.14 So much to discover, so many people to remember.Today we remember enslaved poet Phylis Wheatley 1753-1784:
‘But how presumptuous shall we hope to find
Divine acceptance with the Almighty mind
While yet o deed ungenerous they disgrace
And hold in bondage Afric: blameless race
Let virtue reign and then accord our prayers
Be victory ours and generous freedom theirs.’


 18.10.14 A group of 25 Volunteers visited Bristol. The visit included a guided walking tour around the Bristol city centre area. The tour, led by a local historian, Mr Edson, included Bristol Museum which has a significant slavery exhibition. James Dawkins from the University of Central England also be travelled with us, who was a guest speaker at the Launch event back in May. The aim of the learning journey was to explore the ways in which elements of the transatlantic slave trade are depicted in Bristol.


See Blow for recordings from Bristol

 September 2014

30.09.14 12 members of the Slave Trade Legacies family on our way to Liverpool with volunteers from the George Africanus project


30.09.14 We will be visiting Hull to see the William Wilberforce Museum. The aim of the learning journey is to explore the way in which this visitor attraction depicts elements of the transatlantic slave trade. We will also discuss and share views regarding potential legacies to acknowledge our ancestors’ involvement. To see more from Hull click here: https://slavetradelegacies.wordpress.com/projects/the-colour-of-money/visit-4-hull/


Recordings from the visit to Hull – Volunteer Clive

11.09.14 A really good day at Newstead Abbey. Very thought provoking. Just like the Derwent Valley Mills there was absolutely no mention of the links to slavery even though the Wildmans improved and renovated the Abbey with money from their plantation profits which were generated by their estate in Jamaica. We have been asked to feedback to Newstead Abbey so they can improve their visitor experience. It almost seems like guides are afraid to talk about slavery for fear of causing offence … or perhaps the truth is that guides don’t see it as relevant to most visitors. Consequently the truth is kept hidden. To see more on Newstead Abbey Visit; https://slavetradelegacies.wordpress.com/projects/the-colour-of-money/visit-3-newstead-abbey/10646789_528829930583846_5759446446814177745_n

6.09.14 James Beckford Wildman on Newstead Abbey owned the Quebec estate in Jamaica. Here is an article from The Gleaner about it today: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20051023/out/out1.html

August 2014

27.08.14 An African bracelet has been discovered on farmland not far from Newstead Abbey. Is it linked to Newstead’s African connections? We will be visiting Newstead Abbey as part of the Slave Trade Legacies project. More details shortly.

6.08.14Thanks to Cherry for the great footage for the second of our visits to Derwent Valley Mills. ‪#‎slavetradelegacies‬

July 2014

22.07.14 Searching for a portrait to show children working on plantations. This is a photograph.10455231_501795709953935_3692410173987835080_n

22.07.14  ‘A portrait’ of enslaved cotton worker late 1700s- early 1800s to reflect children and women played a key role. This one is too late but thought would post it as seems quite rare to see something like this.10518009_501794423287397_8375153953338274127_n

19.07.14 One of the things we have been doing on the Slave Trade Legacies programme is giving feedback to Derwent Valley Mills on their new exhibition which will feature some information about how cotton on the site often came from slave plantations. Part of the exhibition will feature portraits of the mill owners and one will feature the portrait of an unknown enslaved person to represent all those who suffered when forced to pick and provide cotton which was eventually sold to merchants providing the British cotton mills. If anyone can suggest a portrait which they feel is representative we would be grateful as the current choice has not been well received by our group.

05.07.14 Today we are visiting Masson Mill and Cromford Mill. We will explore these two heritage sites and spend the afternoon reflecting how the history of slavery can be reflected here in the new exhibition. The Nottingham group will be filming their reflections.

June 2014

some of the family with Local MP Chris Leslie

 27.06.14 Local Mp Chris Leslie wants to know more about the Slave Trade Legacies Project! “‘Bright Ideas’ Nottingham are a social enterprise based at the John Folman Centre on Hungerhill Road but reaching out to communities across the city and sparking off worthwhile projects particularly with minority ethnic groups – for example their ‘Colour of Money: Save Trade Legacies’ project which recently won backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund. I had a useful discussion with their Director Lisa Robinson and lots of her colleagues and representatives from across the community (pictured below) about their work and involvement in a variety of projects, including their ‘Champions for Change’ scheme which aims to give health service patients a stronger voice for communicating experiences to NHS institutions. It will be great to see them go from strength to strength.”

May 2014

31.05.14 A very interesting day at Calver, Cromford and Belper Mill. A packed busy introductory day. Food for thought.

28.05.14Some counties have researched their role in the slave trade. Whitehaven in Cumbria apologised for the role the town played in 2007.


28.05.14 The visit to the Derbyshire cotton mills has been very well supported. Hopefully it will be an eye opening day looking at the global connections to these mills and finding out in particular about the cotton that came from plantations using slave labour. If you are booked please arrive at 9.15 at the pick up point in Nottingham.

12.05.14 Slave Trade Legacies Launch event, to see more from this click the link:https://slavetradelegacies.wordpress.com/projects/the-launch/images/

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08.05.14We visited BBC Radio Nottingham and were live on air on Verity Cowley’s show to talk about the Slave Trade Legacies project. On Sunday night the Talkback show on 97.5 Kemet fm will have a full feature on the project with studio guests who will also be talking at the launch on Monday.


April 2014

28.04.14 The first slaves came to the Caribbean probably in 1519 and were sent to Puerto Rico. The last came to Cuba in 1867.

22.04.14 Patrick Vernon: ‘Maybe if there had been sugar or cotton plantations in Surrey, Yorkshire or in Devon – as opposed to the Caribbean or North America – the reality of enslavement would be received differently today.’

10.04.14 Cotton mills in Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth century were supplied with cotton grown, picked and packed by slaves. Currently when children visit these mills learning about England’s past they are told ‘cotton came from Liverpool on a pack horse.’ Time to change this. The slave trade legacy project will seek ways to assist heritage sites to tell the full story about their link to the slave trade. More news shortly on the launch!

09.04.14 A new film ‘Belle’ based on a true story set in England in the eighteenth century will be released later this year.

05.04.14 A really informative talk by Madge Dresser from UWE which was filmed. It is worth taking time to watch (or listen) to it.

March 2014

26.03.14Look at this map to find out more about historical black presence in Nottinghamshire and beyond including baptisms of black people in the 1600s in Newark and Clifton!

26.03.14 If you are interested in finding out more about people in Britain who were slave owners, have a look at this database:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/

24.03.14 Here is the latest post from the project blog telling us more about the cotton mills in Derbyshire: https://globalcottonconnections.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/touring-the-derwent-valley-mills-dipping-into-the-archives/comment-page-1/

19.03.14 The Manchester project ‘Remembering Slavery’ looks really interesting: http://revealinghistories.org.uk/africa-the-arrival-of-europeans-and-the-transatlantic-slave-trade.html

17.03.14An important past project which explored the links between the Nottingham lace trade and the slave trade: http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/lace-slavery-godfried-donkor

17.03.14Richard Arkwright built his first cotton mill in Nottingham but at some stage he built a new mill in Cromford, Derbyshire. Where was the site of this first mill in Nottingham? Does anyone know? Is this it in Hockley? http://www.nottingham21.co.uk/build_hockley_mill_1.htm




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