Last week, Tuesday 26 September, we held our exhibition open evening at Hull History Centre. It was a fantastic occasion and attended by the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull, Councillor John Hewitt and his Lady Mayoress, Honorary Alderman Betty Hewitt and William Wilberforce – all patrons of the William Wilberforce Monument Fund. Around one hundred people connected with the project also attended the event which showcased the multi-sensory experience on offer. It was clear from those that were there that much work had gone into creating this ground-breaking exhibition, which looks at the histories of people of African descent, an often neglected aspect of British social history in this region. Comments were made on how the artwork, colour, auditory and visual media used made the experience highly varied with added interest at every turn.
We received overwhelmingly positive responses to the evening which proved thought provoking for some and a very emotional personal experience for others. Other positive comments have been coming in since, from local visitors and those from further afield such as Louth, Bristol and London.
Last Friday we had the privilege to host His Excellency the High Commissioner of Ghana and Lord John Prescott who both visited the exhibition together with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Hull who kindly made a return visit.
The High Commissioner was representing the former President of Ghana, John Kufuor who was unable to attend. It was a privilege to host such a distinguished visitor to the city and the project team is immensely proud to have hosted his visit. We are grateful to them for taking time in their hectic schedule to visit our exhibition.
**The ‘Our Histories Revealed’ Exhibition is on at Hull History Centre until 21 October 2017**
Exhibition Opening Night Slide Show
This is an exceptionally busy period for our project team as we prepare to host a range of engagement activities in Hull. We hope to meet as many people as possible and further demonstrate that Black men, women and children contributed to the social, economic and cultural fabric of this fantastic region.
'Our Histories Revealed' Exhibition
Last Tuesday 26 September marked the opening of our exhibition, entitled ‘Our Histories Revealed’ at the Hull History centre, showcasing the wonderful stories, heirlooms, and artifacts connected with our project. Don’t forget you can bring along a copy of a photograph which celebrates African presence in Hull and East Yorkshire for our ‘Who do you know’ exhibition board.
Schools Study Day
On Friday 6 October, we are hosting a study day at Hull College where we will be talking to secondary school and college students about Black history. Our Project Lead, Gifty Burrows, will give an overview of our project and I will speak about how we can integrate Black British history into the curriculum, before Jerome Whittingham and Bax (from local band Bud Sugar) conduct an oral history interview and highlight the Contemporary Voices strand of our project. To end this fabulous educational event, we will be taking students to the Hull History Centre to show them our exhibition.
Project Study Day at WISE
On Saturday 7 October, we are hosting a conference at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) between 10am and 3.15pm. The project team together with Mark Johnson, Jeffery Green and John Ellis will be speaking about a range of topics which include lion tamers, pygmies and soldiers. Please consult our Events page for further information. If you have not yet registered, please make sure you contact us to reserve your place.
Hull History Centre Presentation
On 10th October, I will be giving a presentation between 12.30 and 1.30pm at Hull History Centre’s lunchtime club. I will be speaking about William Wilberforce’s legacy and how people of African descent honoured the abolitionist while visiting this region.
Exhibition Guided Tours
On 17th October, I will be conducting guided tours of our exhibition at the Hull History Centre between 2pm and 4pm to give additional information on the stories we have featured and will answer any questions about our exhibition before it closes on 21 October.
Alongside these events we also have a new batch of stories and blogs which will be brought to you throughout October. Please continue to check our website, project blog, Facebook and Twitter for notices of our latest releases.
'Our Histories Revealed' Exhibition: Hull History Centre
Four months from today, on 26 September 2017, we will be launching our first project exhibition at the Hull History Centre. It will bring together creative mediums such as pictures, videos, artwork, memorabilia and music in a multisensory representation of African stories in Hull and East Yorkshire. Our exhibition not only sheds light on the region's neglected Black history, but inherently merges themes of migration, inclusivity and community in a new and innovative way. This exhibition offers something for everyone and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
**Make sure you save the date! See our exhibition poster below
and click HERE to go to our Events page for further information!**
A Reminder: Bud Sugar and Chiedu Oraka Gig
In addition, don’t miss Bud Sugar and Chiedu Oraka’s exciting gig at Fruit on Wednesday 12 July. This event is part of Hull Jazz Festival and is not to be missed. For more information see http://www.jnight.org/whatson/bud-sugar-chiedu-oraka
Click here to watch and listen to Bud Sugar’s oral history interview.
Click here to listen to Chiedu Oraka’s oral history interview
We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Mike Greenwood, who is taking part in the Hatfield Triathlon to raise money for our exhibition. You can make a donation by following this LINK.
Good luck Mike!
Dr Lauren Darwin