The Chapman-Wattley family
In March we were contacted by Nadine Hodgson who had seen our blog post on the Russian Outrage. Nadine wrote, "I think that the Black man in the photo may possibly be my grandfather John James Wattley who was born in St Lucia in 1884." Nadine had already explored her family history extensively and as this story unfolded we came to realise that she was able to bring two seemingly unconnected stories together with a common familial thread, that of the Russian Outrage and Leon Riley.
Read the story on the Chapman-Wattley family.
East Riding Treasure House exhibition
Our second exhibition opened at Beverley Treasure House last Saturday when over 30 people attended our ‘first look’ event. It was fantastic to see so many more people come and go throughout the afternoon - especially the families who have engaged with our project.
On Tuesday evening, our Lead Project Researcher Dr Lauren Darwin gave a talk about the experience of men, women and children of African descent in Hull and East Yorkshire at the Treasure House. We would like to thank those who attended.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances tomorrow's study day (Saturday 12 May) is cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience.
The Our Histories Revealed exhibition runs from 5 May until 30 June at East Riding Treasure House, Beverley. Entry is free, so please come along!
The story of Lorraine Owen (née Gittens)
In February we released a fascinating feature about the Gittens family. Shortly after, we were approached by Lorraine Owen (née Gittens) who gave us further information about her family. During an oral history interview, she spoke about the happiest memories of her childhood and reminisced about each member of her family. This personal and heartfelt piece demonstrates the closeness of the Gittens family and the love they had for one another.
Read Lorraine’s story.
A date for your diary! Tomorrow (Saturday 5 May) is the official opening day of our exhibition at the East Riding Treasure House in Beverley. Read our latest blog post to find out about the events that we are hosting and how you can get involved.
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On Tuesday, we featured the wonderful life-story of Laureen Sylvestre told by her daughter Cleo. Laureen was born on 19 February 1911 at 37 Peel Street in Hull. Although she was brought up in care, she had an exciting life in showbusiness. Her legacy has been continued by daughter Cleo Sylvestre and granddaughter Zoe Palmer, who have both had successful careers in the arts.
Read about Laureen Sylvestre here.
Blog Post: Human Curiosities
On Wednesday, we released a short blog about African human exhibits which were showcased in Hull and East Yorkshire during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. To read this blog please click here.
Up and coming events!
E x h i b i t i o n C o u n t d o w n!!
It is only five days until our fantastic exhibition ‘Our Histories Revealed’ opens at the Hull History Centre. Find out more by going to our Events page or click on the poster below.
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