Newstead Abbey Visitors Attraction and the Blood Sugar Film
At the Newstead launch we celebrated and discussed the
materials that we had made for the Newstead Abbey visitors’ attraction.
The Blood Sugar film, by Dr Shawn Naphtali Sobers, was also
showcased at the event for all our Slave Trade Legacies family and guests to
watch and celebrate. Alongside the film Michelle Hubbard showcased her poetry
and Kim Thompson showcased her artwork.
We were also joined by international guests.
At the launch event we were able to show how we have
influenced major visitor attractions to acknowledge our ancestors’
contributions to the wealth of the UK and the links of these sites to the
transatlantic slave trade.
A few of the Slave Trade Legacy Family members went to view a lecture which was being hosted by an international guests. We attended the public lecture by Prof Ana Lucia Araujo from Howard University, Washington.
The lecture explored:
“examples from different former slave societies in the Americas, Europe, and Africa to interrogate the complex dialogues between the concepts of history and memory as well as the ideas of symbolic, financial, and material reparations. “
Slave Trade Legacies Family Invited to Visit Portchester Castle
The slave trade legacies family had a fascinating day at Portchester
Castle. We were able to explore Caribbean connections to the Napoleonic Wars.
Thank you to English Heritage for giving us the opportunity to find out about
Caribbean POWs that were held during this time period.
We would like to say a big thank you say a big thank you to English Heritage for hosting this visit and providing us with the opportunity to give you feedback on the exhibition at Portchester Castle.
Audio Recordings for the Derwent Valley Mills Exhibition
The group met at Cromford Mills to prepare the audio
recordings for the exhibition at Derwent Valley Mills. We took the information
and plans we had gathered at previous workshops and got set to record the
scripts we had written. The audio was recorded by Slave Trade Legacies
Collectively the audio recordings tell the story of where
the cotton came from before it was delivered to the mills. The audio recordings
are to be used at Cromford Mills were of the Slave Trade Legacies family
themselves, each telling the stories of our ancestors, giving them a voice.
Members of the Slave Trade Legacies family met to discuss
the Blood Sugar Film. We discussed our progress so far and begun to prepare for
the final film, aiming for it to be showcased at Newstead Abbey.
Veronica Barnes, on of the slave trade legacies volunteers,
led an inspiring session for our group of volunteers. Veronica addressed our
ancestor’s resistance to enslavement. Alongside the Slave Trade Legacies
family, Veronica shared her reflections on songs from the period of enslavement
and explored and explained their hidden meaning.
We thought that Veronica’s songs and stories were incredibly
powerful and inspiring to hear. It also reminded volunteers that these stories
must never be forgotten, motivating them to make further changes to heritage
attractions, ensuring their ancestors contributions are recognised.
With help from Veronica’s session we gained more progress
working on the audio clips for Cromford Mill. Our volunteers were able to make
connections between the songs and what they had already learnt on the current
and the previous Colour of Money project. This enabled us to draft up and
discuss our scripts for the audio recordings that we aimed to be used at
Derwent Valley Mills.
Exhibition Materials and a presentation on the Mount Pleasant Estate in Carriacou
The Slave Trade Legacies family met to create further
exhibition materials for Cromford Mill. The group worked through the text that
they would like to be presented on the new panels. This text explained the
links between Derwent Valley Mills and enslaved labour alongside selected
Evadney Jalloh presented and updated us with the progress on
the creative cotton textile design she had been working on. The group
congratulated her on her progress and gave her good feedback on her creation
and ideas for the design.
We were then joined by Daniel Shade and Abigail Bernard,
direct descendants of the enslaved people who were forced to work on the Mount
Pleasant Estate in Carriacou. They spoke to us about their research and we
learnt that the plantation was owned by Thomas Tarleton who supplied cotton to
the Strutts of Derwent Valley. We found that this was a fascinating connection
with our own research on Derwent Valley Mills.
We would like to give a massive thank you to Daniel and
Abigail for sharing their stories and research with us. Daniel and Abigail’s
presentation inspired the slave trade legacies family and motivated them to
keep on doing their best work for the Newstead and Cromford exhibitions.
The Slave Trade Legacies family travelled to Newstead once
more to participate in our Ancestors voices workshop hosted by University of
The group learnt about the links between Newstead Abbey and
the sugar plantations that generated the wealth for the restoration of the
Abbey itself by Thomas Wildman. They then went on to thinking about our
Ancestors Voices, developing ideas for what should be showcased at Newstead
Abbey about our ancestors’ contributions.