The start of 2017 has been an extremely busy time for the African Stories in Hull and East Yorkshire project. Already we have released a wide variety of new material which has shed greater light on the history of Black men and women in this region.
We have gained further knowledge of people of African descent in a professional capacity through our research on Black sailors, the University of Hull’s prestigious alumni and the narratives of sportsmen such as Clive Sullivan and Roy Francis.
We have also released multigenerational family histories which document what life was like in the region for people with African heritage. The Bowers and Weeks Families' stories have provided examples of men who relocated from the Caribbean to East Yorkshire, settled and had children.
In addition, we have added the stories of Black men and women who visited East Yorkshire to speak or perform. These include abolitionists Sella Martin, Henry ‘Box’ Brown, Alexander Crummell, William Craft and Moses Roper, as well as sportsmen such as the Harlem Globe Trotters.
Lastly, oral histories from Jason Bowers, Richard Weeks, Cynthia Bailey and Anne deGroot have been excellent additions to our expanding Contemporary Voices archive.
If you have missed any of these wonderful stories, please click on the individual links to read or listen to them straight away.
Keep an eye out for more of our updates to the project coming soon!
We've now added two new interviews to our Contemporary Voices oral histories project! Now you can listen to Glynis Neslen and Janet Alder's stories by clicking on their photographs below. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, It is now also possible to read a transcription of Glynis's interview and that of Joseph Bvumburai. Again, click on Joseph's picture below to go to his interview page.
Today we publish our third oral history interview for the Contemporary Voices part of our Africans in Yorks project. Joe Bvumburai's heritage lies in Zimbabwe, but he was born in Zambia when racial segregation was prevalent. At the age of twenty-two he came to Hull to study architecture at the Hull School of Architecture under a Swedish scholarship. Joe talks about his first experience of snow, rugby and the sights and sounds of Hull in 1982. He currently works as an architect in Hull inspiring others through his innovative buildings.
Listen to his oral history recording HERE.
Today we are excited to announce the publication of the first two interviews for our Contemporary Voices oral histories project. Click on the link below to go to our Contemporary Voices page and listen to the stories of Abraham Adu and Chiedu Oraka.
Contemporary Voices are collections of oral histories made by people of African heritage who have or have previously had a connection with Hull and East Yorkshire before 2007. The stories that are collected will reflect aspects of their lives or their family's lives which relate to their African origins and to more recent experiences within this region.
The project is mainly funded by Untold Hull. Untold Hull is an oral history project that records the stories and experiences of people who live, have lived or have experienced the city of Hull in some way. The stories will appear as audio recordings or videos and can be listened to and watched on the Untold Hull website. They will become a permanent part of the digital collections of Hull History Centre and Hull Library Service forming a unique social history archive.
Untold Hull is part of Hull Culture & Leisure Ltd and is funded by the James Reckitt Library Trust.
Many thanks go to our interviewer Jerome Whittingham. Jerome is a photographer, interviewer, and digital media producer living in Hull. He specialises in supporting the voluntary sector, both locally in Hull and regionally.
Dr Lauren Darwin