On 6 October, 15 Year 9 students from the Boulevard Academy attended Hull College for our Schools Event to support the 'Our Histories Revealed' exhibition. So following on from yesterday's blog post review of our recent exhibition and events a couple of the students from the school have kindly put together a report for us about what they experienced and what they took away from the day.
During the event the students heard a presentation about the background to Black History Month, heard about the African Stories project and then were treated to a live oral history interview with Bax and Lans, members of the popular local band Bud Sugar. This was followed by a guided tour of the exhibition at the Hull History Centre.
We are pleased to have received some feedback from two of the students Dean Denton and Jack Brettlell
African Stories in Hull & East Yorkshire
By Dean Denton, with help from Jack Brettell
On Friday 6th October, a selection of students travelled to Hull College to unravel the history of “African Stories of East Yorkshire”.
It took place at Hull College’s Arts Building. We were given a presentation about the achievements of some of Hull’s most remarkable – if sometimes forgotten Black citizens.
Here is the list of notable Black people from our area:
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.
Dr Lauren Darwin
African Stories Project Researcher.