The African Stories in Hull and East Yorkshire Project Team are:
Project Lead and Chair of Trustees of the William Wilberforce Monument Fund
Gifty is a senior lecturer in further education with sixteen years' experience in the field. She was previously a nurse working in the NHS. Her current role has involved working in special educational needs with a focus on the equality agenda. As founder of the William Wilberforce Monument Fund she is well versed on issues of Black History and Slavery. She identifies as a British African and so has first hand experience of the issues
which are relevant to this sector of the population. She brings a wealth of experience in teaching, project management and public outreach and engagement.
Dr Carolyn Conroy
Project Website Manager and Research Support
Carolyn is a University of York Research Associate and former post-doctoral lecturer. She has fifteen years’ experience in
academic research, writing and interpretation, focusing particularly on art historical and social history research. She also has considerable experience and expertise in the creation of research websites, the curation of exhibitions and project management.
She prepared and authored the William Wilberforce Monument Fund’s publication Homage to the Emancipator: Hull and the
Wilberforce Monument in 2014.
Dr Lauren Darwin
Lauren is a BA and MA graduate of the University of Northumbria where she specialised in the convict trades to British North America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Since 2012 she studied at the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) where she recently completed her University of Hull sponsored Ph.D. thesis 'Convict Transportation in the age of Abolition, 1787-1807’. This explored British coerced migration systems through a comparative analysis of the slave trade and convict transportation between 1787 and 1807.