November 16, 2016, by Claire Henson
Black History Month and the AHRC Centre for Hidden Histories
Larissa Allwork and Mike Noble from the AHRC Centre discuss their activity during Black History 2016.
Based at The University of Nottingham, the Centre for Hidden Histories, one of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) First World War Engagement Centres, marked Black History Month with special events in London and Leeds. On Saturday 15th October 2016, the Centre in partnership with the Imperial War Museum in London held a public workshop on ‘Black People’s Involvement in the First World War.’ It was convened by Emeritus Professor David Killingray (Goldsmiths), a historian of the First World War in Africa, and Dr Caroline Bressey, founder of UCL’s Equiano Centre. The workshop included papers from a range of academic experts and community activists including Patrick Vernon OBE. It attracted approximately fifty audience members who actively participated in the workshop’s question and answer sessions.
On 21st and 22nd October, the Centre supported a pair of events in partnership with Leeds City Museum. On the 21st, a study day, entitled ‘Global Perspectives on World War One, was held at the museum. Papers were presented from a variety of speakers on a wide range of topics including how Black Soldiers and the wider African and Caribbean communities helped Britain during two World Wars. On the 22nd, the museum opened its magnificent Broderick Hall for a community day called ‘Peoples’ Pathways: Soldiers from Overseas in World War One’. This event was largely performance-based, with music, spoken word and interactive talks.
For more information visit the Centre for Hidden Histories website: http://hiddenhistorieswwi.ac.uk/