Newstead Abbey Exhibition Celebration Event

19th April 2018

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.

2018 Institute for the Study of Slavery Annual Public Lecture

20th April 2018


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. “

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Practicing Representative Histories International Visit

19th April 2018

Showcasing our work to our international visitors

International guests visited us to spend a couple of days working on the Slave Trade Legacies project. We spent the day at Nottingham University getting to know each other’s work.

We also headed to Newstead Abbey together to celebrate the launch of the new visitors’ attraction. The launch included our poem and our short film – Blood Sugar.

Portchester Castle Visit

17th March 2018

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.

Cromford Mills Audio Recordings

3rd February 2018

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 volunteers.

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.

Exhibition Materials Workshop

11th November 2017

Veronica’s session on resistance to enslavement

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.

Creation of Exhibition Materials

14th October 2017

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 images.

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.

Newstead Abbey Workshop

12th September 2017

Newstead Abbey Workshop

The Slave Trade Legacies family travelled to Newstead once more to participate in our Ancestors voices workshop hosted by University of Nottingham.

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.