As the Ancestors Voices phase of the project came to a
close, the Slave Trade Legacies family were very proud of their journey.
We have achieved exhibitions at two different heritage
locations which acknowledge our ancestors contributions. Together we have
created the Blood Sugar film alongside Shawn Sobers, Michelle Hubbard and Kim
Thompson. This film is now being shown in Newstead Abbey accessible gallery and
can also be viewed online. Furthermore, we have created panels and audio
recordings for the visitors centre at Cromford Mills, alongside the mural wall
which has also been put up in the gateway at the mills.
However, as much as the project was a success, we are still
not satisfied with certain aspects of the exhibitions at Derwent Valley Mills
and Newstead Abbey.
Our volunteers within the Slave Trade Legacies group think
that the placement of the Blood Sugar Film within Newstead Abbey was not good
enough. We feel as if the film could be easily missed by visitors of Newstead
Abbey and it is pivotal that our ancestors contributions are recognised by all
visitors of Newstead. However, it is great that the film is more widely
available on Youtube for people outside of Nottinghamshire to view.
In addition to this our Slave Trade Legacies Family are also
not fully satisfied with the exhibition at Derwent Valley Mills. Our volunteers
are disappointed that the mural wall is overshadowed by a translucent screen
meaning that it can’t be viewed properly.
Even though there are still improvements to be made, our Slave Trade Legacies family is incredibly proud of our journey on this phase of the project.
Join us on the next phase of the project in Darley Abbey:
At Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, the Slave Trade Legacies group and the University of Nottingham hosted a screening of the Blood Sugar film. The Slave Trade Legacies Family along with their family, friends and guests watched the film and learnt about how our enslaved ancestors contributed to the history of Newstead Abbey.
At the event poet Ravelle- Sadé shared some poetry with us. After the film we also hosted a discussion to reflect on what was explored within the film.
Please click here to view the poster for the event:
Bloodsugar film short listed down to the final six at Bafta
The Blood Sugar film sparked important conversations and
brought the Slave Trade Legacies family closer together. The biggest achievement
of all is that the Blood Sugar film is now permanently shown at Newstead Abbey.
Visitors of Newstead Abbey will now be able to make the connection between the
heritage site and the slave trade, recognising the contributions of our
We are incredibly proud of film maker Shawn-Naphtali Sobers,
and artists Kim Thompson and Mizhyelle Poet and the
Slave Trade Legacies family for their work on the film.
Another big thank you to Susanne Seymour for nominating the
work and our volunteers for the award.
The Slave Trade Legacies Family were invited to feature their work on ITV. The ITV’s ‘A Place in the Country’ addresses the important topic about race and the countryside. The feature enabled us to share our powerful message from our work on this phase of the project. Our volunteers discussed why and how country house heritage staff should talk about heritage sites’ connections to enslaved labour. Clips from the Blood Sugar film were also featured on ITV News.
Common Cause Research project worked with us and around other 20 community-academic partnerships across the UK to come up with a list of 10 principles for conducting fair and mutual research partnerships.
10 principles for community-university partnerships:
A commitment to strengthening the partnering community organisation
A commitment to mutual benefit
A commitment to transparency and accountability
Fair practices in payments
Fair payments for participants
A commitment to fair knowledge exchange
A commitment to sustainability and legacy
A commitment to equality and diversity
A commitment to sectoral as well as organised development
A commitment to reciprocal learning
Please find the full document for the 10 principles below:
Launch of the Common Cause Report featuring our case-study
The Common Cause Research project has been
researching the landscape of Black and Minority Ethnic community-university
partnerships. After two years of work, in September 2018 they released a report
detailing their findings and recommendations alongside a list of 10 principles
for conducting fair and mutual research partnerships. We are really proud that
Slave Trade Legacies is one of the partnerships discussed in this national
report. Yesterday we attended the launch at the Film Institute with our partner
Dr Susanne Seymour, University of Nottingham.
Veronica Barnes’ Put Her Forward statue was finally unveiled. Veronica Barnes is one of 25 UK women who were selected to have a statue made of them by the Put Her Forward project. The statue was made using the latest digital technology.
The statue of unveiled during an event at the Nottinghamshire Archives where Veronica has been working to save historic archives linked to Black History in Nottingham as well as her wider work in the community over the decades.
Interviews and Focus Groups with the Slave Trade Legacies Family
After we had celebrated our exhibitions at the two heritage sites, we begun to work on an impact case study with the University of Nottingham.
Our interviews explored the project’s impact on our volunteers, their families, the general public and the institutions that we have worked with. Our volunteers found that it was a very valuable experience to reflect on the project and their achievements whilst also exploring the effect it has had on the people and places around them.
The celebration and discussion of the exhibition at Derwent
We celebrated the new materials we had created for the
exhibition at Cromford Mills. The audio recordings and the history quilt
(created by Evadney Jaloh) were showcased.
We had the chance to explore the new exhibition and enjoyed
presenting the work we have had achieved to everyone who attended the event.
Volunteers from the Hindu Samaj group, who we have worked with in the past,
celebrated their achievements with use alongside international guests and staff
and volunteers from Derwent Valley Mills.
Dr Winston Phulgence delivered a talk on his work on
enslavement and sights of memory.