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The Penny Lecture Series: Slave Trade Legacies: Past, Present and Future. Tales of the Expected and the Unexpected

  • New Art Exchange 39-41 Gregory Boulevard Nottingham, England, NG7 United Kingdom (map)
Image credit: Hannah-Rose Murray

Image credit: Hannah-Rose Murray

Please join the New Art Exchange and community activist Lisa Robinson (Bright Ideas) for a discussion on her project 'Slave Trade Legacies.' This project forced heritage sites such as the Derwent Valley Mills in the Peak District to acknowledge their links to the slave trade. Lisa will talk about the pilot project (the past), the Slave Trade Legacies revisted (present) and the funding application she is preparing (future).

Robinson is also director of Bright Ideas Nottingham, an organisation that works with local people to effect change and improvement in their communities. It believes that community voice should be heard and that people from the community will inspire and direct the most necessary and positive changes in the places where they live. It seeks to improve services for local people through cultural brokerage and community engagement and involvement.

This event forms part of the 'Penny Lecture Series' in collaboration with the Univeristy of Nottingham, Backlit Art Gallery, and the National Justice Museum. Matthew Chesney (Director of BACKLIT) and Hannah-Rose Murray (PhD student, in the University of Nottingham) have curated a small exhibition to formerly enslaved African American Josiah Henson and his friend and benefactor, manufacturer and philanthropist Samuel Morley. Josiah Henson and Samuel Morley’s connected story represents the campaign for freedom, equality and human rights in Nottingham, and beyond. In the late nineteenth century, Samuel Morley organised a series of 'Penny Lectures' for the working classses. Designed to increase their education, men and women would pay just a penny to attend a variety of lectures on numerous subjects from science to politics.