Practising Reparative Histories in Rural Heritage Sites

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Sch of Geography

Abstract

The UK countryside includes iconic sites of national heritage. Country houses represent long-standing elite rural lifestyles while water-powered textile mills refer to Britain's past as an industrial pioneer. However these sites suffer from a lack of diversity in the histories presented and the visitors they attract. Black and Asian groups are more typically resident in urban areas and report feelings of isolation and difference during visits to the countryside. Many feel their heritage is not sufficiently represented in rural sites, despite evidence existing of key connections. In country houses portraits of Black or Asian figures, 'exotic' products and plants suggest these connections, while textile mills display raw cotton supplies grown in warmer climates. Yet these histories are rarely explored or explained and are often seen as challenging to address due to associations with colonial and slave trade practices.

This project seeks to connect together heritage organisations, Black and Asian community groups and academics in a collaboration which aims to benefit all parties. Drawing on evidence of historical connections with people of African and Asian descent its goals are to produce more diverse representations of Black and Asian histories in rural heritage sites and to change their organisational cultures. Two key examples of rural textile and country estate heritage sites have been selected as venues for the collaboration. The first is Cromford Mills is a key location in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Derbyshire, designated due to its pioneering cotton textile industry. The second is Newstead Abbey is a well-known country estate particularly due to its associations with the poet Bryon. In both cases the collaborating groups have committed to a series of discussions, visits and co-production of new ways of presenting these sites and enhancing their meaning and appeal for ethnic minority groups and wider society.

Planned Impact

The project seeks to create benefits for a range of non-academic and academic groups who operate at scales from the local to the international. A core group is Black and Asian Minority Ethnic groups (from Britain or international visitors) whose ancestors have links to the British cotton industry and/or country estates and whose histories are typically neglected in such heritage sites. Visitors from these groups will benefit through seeing their histories more deeply considered and the enhanced sense of value and belonging that this engenders.This could encourage more BAME people (adult and children) to visit or work in heritage sites. The actively participating local BAME groups (SHSH and NSTL) will benefit from further engagement with academic, public and third sector bodies, further reflection on their connections with country estate and/or cotton heritage sites, the development of new skills in creative displays of these connections, enhanced senses of collective esteem, belonging and achievement, strengthening of community and cross-cultural interactions.
The managers of the heritage sites, their staff and volunteer guides are also key potential beneficiaries as they play a central role in presenting the sites to public visitors, including school groups. Very few of this group are currently from BAME backgrounds. They will benefit from increased interaction with BAME groups, their histories and perspectives with the aim of creating institutional change in terms of ethnic diversity. These interactions will increase the range of histories and perspectives presented and enhance the ability to communicate on challenging topics such as enslavement and colonialism.
Visitors (British and international) to the heritage sites will also benefit from exposure to enriched and more internationally connected histories. School children, students and their teachers will benefit from more diverse educational resources and learning experiences at the sites. This may also impact on teaching within schools, colleges and universities.
International experts in the heritage field, including the invited guests, as well as audiences of professional journals and World Heritage Site networks will benefit from the sharing of the project outputs in person, through webpages or through presentations. The international guests will also be able to share their own experiences and enrich further the perspectives of British BAME groups and heritage managers. The sharing of these experiences may also have impacts on heritage management and HEI teaching in international as well as national contexts. Teaching at the host HEI will be further enhanced by use of the project's heritage outcomes in student modules. These will also be shared via professional discipline networks in Geography and History at institutional, national and international levels though relevant presentations and publications.

Publications

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Title Bengali Women's Support Group's cotton wall hanging 
Description A cotton wall hanging celebrating the Sheffield 'Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Story' element of the PRH project, made by the Bengali Women's Support Group. A photograph of the hanging is included on p.43 of the 'Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Poem' poetry collection (2018) edited by Debjani Chatterjee. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The cotton wall hanging has been used at the Sheffield Family Shakha's cotton project celebration event on 17 Mar 2018 held at the Sheffield Hindu Samaj Temple in Sheffield and at the PRH celebration events at Cromford Mills on 21 April 2018 which were open to the wider project team (including the Arkwright Society staff and volunteers, Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group), international guests and visitors. 
 
Title Blood Sugar poem-based film 
Description This film has been produced by the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies (NSTL) group in collaboration with Nottingham-based African Caribbean creative writer, Michelle Hubbard, Nottingham-based African Caribbean illustrator, Kim Thompson, and African Caribbean director, Dr Shawn Naphtali Sobers (UWE). It reflects creatively on the connections of Newstead Abbey with the transatlantic slave trade - through owner, Thomas Wildman's ownership of sugar plantations and enslaved African people in Jamaica. The poem was written by Michelle Hubbard drawing on creative workshops held with the NSTL group and she reads the narrative. Kim Thompson has provided creative visuals, again drawing on ideas from creative workshops held with the NSTL. The NSTL group perform to the story board created by Shawn Sobers in the setting of Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire. The film has been co-funded by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries. It was installed as part of the new interpretative displays in the Beckett room at Newstead Abbey in March 2018 and is freely available on Youtube (872 views - March 2019). 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Blood Sugar was shortlisted for the AHRC Research in Film Awards 2018 in the People on the Move category. It was publicised at the awards evening in Nov 2018 and via the https://ahrc.ukri.org/research/readwatchlisten/features/rifa-2018-people-on-the-move-award-stories-of-new-beginnings-category/ It has been received favourably by the Curatorial Department of English Heritage. It has been used to inform a forthcoming ITV Central programme on Midlands country houses and the slave trade. It has been shown to those involved in its making, the Nottingham Slave trade Legacies group members, the local and national artists commissioned, and the academic and heritage partners. It has been shared with international experts in slavery heritage from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St Lucia; Howard University, Washington, USA; Georgia Southern University, Savannah, USA; and University of Mary Washington, Virginia, USA. It has been on display at Newstead Abbey from March 2018. It has been shown at the Nottingham Broadway cinema in Nov 2018. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eos2yZxuYmY
 
Title Cotton and Slavery embroidery and applique art work 
Description This material artwork of embroidery and applique reflects creatively on the linkages between Cromford Mills and mills in the wider Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, the slave trade triangle and cotton plantations in the Americas. It has been created by a member of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group, Evadney Jalloh, drawing on a creative workshop held with the group. It highlights the historical linkages between cotton grown on the Caribbean island of Carriacou and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and reworks problematic plantation images from the slavery era. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact This artwork is being used as an illustration in the new interpretation panels at the Gateway Visitor Centre of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site at Cromford Mills, which opened in April 2018. 
 
Title DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre, Cromford Mills Phase 2 
Description Archival research from the GCC project and further processes of creative reflection on these historical materials under the PRH project led to the following further co-produced elements fed into Phase 2 of the DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre development: 1) a co-produced interpretative panel added to the global workers' mural in response to heritage professional and volunteer guide feedback; 2) a BAME-community volunteer focused interpretative space focused on the links of cotton to the transatlantic slave trade and the Indian sub-continent involving visual and audio materials (the latter described further in the DVD Voices of Global Cotton Connection). This material has been developed collaboratively with the Nottingham-based Slave Trade Legacies group and Sheffield South Asian groups, in liaison with the Arkwright Society and its heritage consultants, Tandem and the DVMWHS. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The new Visitor Centre materials were positively received by the BAME groups involved in the process and their wider families and friends, the Arkwright Society and the international guests at the PRH celebration event held at Cromford Mills in April 2018. BAME volunteers and their families and friends have reported enhanced self-esteem and self-determination through the process and have been encouraged to visit Cromford more in future: "I'd never been before and now I'm more likely to go and I'm more likely to take people there to see because I've said to people that you haven't been to Cromford and there's wonderful work, I've said you must visit Cromford, make a trip it's a nice place to visit", STL volunteer, 2018. Other visitor feedback is currently being monitored. 
 
Title Input into the Beckett Room, Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire 
Description The PRH project has provided the following inputs into the Beckett Room a new interpretative space at Newstead Abbey: 1) an historical narrative of the connections of the Wildman family to transatlantic slavery; 2) the co-produced poem-based film, Blood Sugar, led by the Nottingham-based Slave Trade Legacies volunteers and supported by historical research. The Blood Sugar film is more fully described in a separate entry. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Newstead's Curator described this as "a transformative project" in 2018. Visitor feedback at the site is currently being monitored. 
 
Title Sheffield Family Shakha's cotton collage display 
Description A cotton collage made by families from the Sheffield Family Shakha which celebrates South Asian cotton culture in a creative display. A photograph and description of the collage is included on pp.43-44 of the 'Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Poem' poetry collection (2018) edited by Debjani Chatterjee. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The cotton collage display has been used at various Sheffield Family Shakha events in 2017 and 2018, including the cotton project celebration event on 17 Mar 2018 held at the Sheffield Hindu Samaj Temple in Sheffield. It was also displayed at the PRH celebration events at Cromford Mills on 21 April 2018 which were open to the wider project team (including the Arkwright Society staff and volunteers, Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group), international guests and visitors. 
 
Title Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Poem, poetry collection edited by Debjani Chatterjee 
Description A collection of cotton-related poetry created by members of South Asian groups in Sheffield through workshops facilitated by Sheffield-based Indian heritage writer, Dr Debjani Chatterjee. These poems reflect on the cultural, political, religious and economic importance of cotton in the Indian subcontinent. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact This publication has been reviewed by Barry Tebb, Poet & Publisher (Sixties Press) in the literary magazine A Restricted View From Under The Hedge ('ARFUR' for short) by Hedgehog Press in October/November 2018. 
 
Title Voices of the Global Cotton Connections 
Description A DVD slideshow featuring audio histories about the global cotton connections of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and project member perspectives on the GCC and PRH projects, supported by illustrations from the projects. The recordings feature: interviews with project representatives from the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies (Vivinne Bramwell) and Sheffield South Asian group (Debjani Chatterjee) volunteers, the PI (Susanne Seymour, University of Nottingham), and the Arkwright Society (Hannah Steggles, Head of Heritage); Sheffield South Asian volunteers' reflections in poetry on cotton connections of the Indian sub-continent; Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies volunteers' reflections on enslaved life on cotton plantations in the Americas, inspired by real life narratives; family testimony from descendants of enslaved African people on the Mount Pleasant Plantation Carriacou which supplied raw cotton to the Strutt family business in the DVMWHS; and Michelle 'Mother' Hubbard reading her poem 'A Sack Full of Cotton', commissioned as part of the GCC project in 2015 and included in the Global Cotton Connections (2015) film. These recordings are slightly expanded versions of those found on the audio points installed in the DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre at Cromford Mills in April 2018. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Copies of the DVD slideshow were distributed to project members (Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies volunteers; Sheffield South Asian volunteers; the Arkwright Society staff and volunteers; Bright Ideas Nottingham, university partners), the wider family and friends of volunteers and the international guests at the PRH cotton project celebration event held at Cromford Mills on 21 April 2018. 
 
Description The main developments of this grant have been as follows. 1) The heritage outputs detailed elsewhere (cotton heritage interpretation panels and audios at DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre, Cromford Mills; the country house and slavery interpretation and Blood Sugar poem film at Newstead Abbey; the Sheffield cotton poetry collection; the Nottingham cotton art work). 2)The development (Newstead Abbey) and enhancement (Cromford Mills) of research and heritage interpretation collaborations between heritage professionals, BAME community groups and university researchers, as evidenced through the heritage materials produced to date for the sites. Of particular note here has been the use of terminology and visual imagery derived from BAME groups for use in heritage interpretation and the co-writing of text. 3) The sharing of the new heritage materials and research process through site visits and workshops with international rural heritage experts; AHRC Research in Film Awards 2018 event and online sharing of Blood Sugar film with national heritage experts and academics; Nottingham public film show of Blood Sugar film to local academic and African Caribbean audiences. 4) The identification of further avenues of research and heritage interpretation both within the DVMWHS and at Newstead Abbey. Some further historical research has been undertaken on cotton suppliers in the DVMWHS, funded by a small grant from the Arkwright Society, with a report submitted in Dec 2018. An Arts Council, Nottingham City Council and University of Nottingham supported part-time Academic Residency at Newstead Abbey was agreed in 2018. This is examining the slavery, colonial and black history of Newstead Abbey and involves Seymour as PI and Bates as PDR. An HLF grant application (outcome pending) has been submitted by Bates, Bright Ideas Nottingham and the Slave Trade Legacies group with the support of Seymour to investigate the slavery associations of Darley Abbey and the Evans family in the DVMWHS. Seymour joined the DVMWHS Research sub-group in 2018 and the DVMWHS Vital Valley Scheme Board in 2017 and is promoting BAME-focused history and heritage initiatives in these roles.
Exploitation Route These findings have the potential be taken further by all the collaborating partners (heritage professionals, BAME community groups and academics) in their future work, for example through the development by heritage professionals of co-production protocols for future BAME heritage interpretation and through the commissioning of BAME creative artists. They also hold interest as examples of collaboration over so-called 'difficult histories' for other heritage, academic and community groups in the UK and internationally - an element being encouraged through the project's international workshop and presentations at other national events and in the development of publications. The findings are of interest to academic colleagues for teaching and research purposes.
Sectors Creative Economy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other

 
Description The project has to date developed societal impact, with the potential for economic impact. This has been achieved in the following ways. Firstly through support of BAME community heritage groups in Nottingham and Sheffield to develop heritage materials relating to cotton histories (both groups) and country estate, slavery and sugar histories (Nottingham group) and to contribute to the development of heritage interpretation at the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Gateway Visitor Centre at Cromford Mills, Derbyshire (second phase - both groups) and at Newstead Abbey (Nottingham group). The key products here are: interpretation panels and audios developed for the DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre, Cromford Mills (both groups) (opened April 2018); a 2018 cotton poetry collection (Sheffield South Asian groups); a cotton art work (Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group); a 2018 film of the poem Blood Sugar (NSTL group); and contributions to the heritage interpretation in the Beckett room at Newstead Abbey, including the Blood Sugar film (on display from late Mar 2018). The creative materials have been produced mainly in collaboration with local artists, writers and creative makers commissioned from the BAME communities, with input also from a national film expert from the African Caribbean community. Secondly, through the enhanced (DVMWHS) and new (Newstead Abbey) heritage interpretation materials (panels and audios - DVMWHS - and Blood Sugar film and narrative interpretation - Newstead Abbey) - both of which opened to visitors in spring 2018. Thirdly through the on-going support of institutional cultural change as evidenced in collaborations with the heritage teams at The Arkwright Society and Newstead Abbey over the development of new on-site heritage materials.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Creative Economy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Research Sub-group
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Vital Valley (DVMWHS) Scheme Board member
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Archival research on Derwent Valley Mills cotton
Amount £4,075 (GBP)
Organisation The Arkwright Society 
Start 09/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description Nottingham City Museums and Galleries 
Organisation Nottingham City Council
Department Museums, Galleries and Attractions
PI Contribution Under this partnership the PRH project is supporting the work of NCMG at Newstead Abbey through the provision of new historical background materials and creative writing and film heritage interpretation materials on sugar, slavery and the Wildmans for use in the new interpretation rooms at Newstead and on the Newstead website; through facilitating interactions and cultural learning with other project partners, including African Caribbean community groups; and through facilitating the sharing of this project work more widely.
Collaborator Contribution Nottingham City Museums and Galleries representatives joined the project Steering Group and have contributed to the co-design of PRH activities. They have hosted community group visits from the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group to Newstead Abbey and facilitated interactions with NCMG staff and volunteers. They have contributed exhibition space for the project activities at Newstead Abbey and on the Newstead website. They have provided expert input and additional funding in relation to the NSTL group film of the poem Blood Sugar. They have displayed the Blood Sugar film at Newstead Abbey from March 2018.
Impact The main outputs to date are: Heritage interpretation materials on sugar, slavery and the Wildmans in the Beckett room at Newstead Abbey (opened in March 2018); Creative heritage materials in the form of the film of the Blood Sugar poem in the Beckett room at Newstead Abbey (opened in March 2018). The disciplines involved are: geography, history, heritage.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Sheffield South Asian groups 
Organisation Hindu Samaj Sheffield & District
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Practising Reparative Histories project staff have built on the previous GCC collaboration with the Sheffield Hindu Samaj and developed links with new South Asian groups from Sheffield through facilitating engagement with cotton heritage venues and staff, including contributions to the design of heritage interpretation facilities in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) Gateway Visitor Centre at Cromford Mills (opened in April 2018).They have supported the groups in the realisation of key outputs: a new poetry collection published in 2018 Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Poem, edited by Debjani Chatterjee; the Bengali Women's Group's cotton wall hanging and the Sheffield Family Shakha's cotton collage display.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Sheffield Hindu Samaj and other South Asian groups in Sheffield (Sheffield Family Shakha, Aastha over 50s group, the Healing Word, Sheffield Stanza and the Bengali Women's Support Group) have been involved in a third strand of heritage focused work on cotton, under the Practising Reparative Histories (PRH) grant. They have called their part of the project, Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Story, and have brought South Asian historical, artistic and creative perspectives to the impact and engagement work. Under this grant they have contributed to the design of interpretation panels and audio points in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site at Cromford Mills (opened in April 2018), put together a poetry collection (published in 2018, entitled Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Poem, edited by Debjani Chatterjee), created a cotton wall hanging and a cotton collage and run events involving story telling, poetry reading, creative textile work and children's puppet shows. A member of the Sheffield Hindu Samaj has facilitated the PRH grant work in Sheffield, sitting on the project steering group, organising involvement in visits and workshops and running poetry and story-telling events.
Impact The preparation of a volume of poetry entitled, 'Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Story' (published in 2018); the Bengali Women's Support Group cotton wall hanging (2018) and the Sheffield Family Shakha's cotton collage display (2017). Input into the second phase of the DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre at Cromford Mills through audio recordings and interpretation panels (opened in April 2018). Disciplines involved are: geography, history, creative writing, heritage.
Start Year 2017
 
Description The Arkwright Society 
Organisation Cromford Mill
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This official partnership builds on previous collaboration through the GCC project. Under the Practising Reparative Histories project, a representative of the Arkwright Society was a member of the project Steering Group. The PRH project supported the work of The Arkwright Society and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) more broadly through the provision of new interpretative materials on the global cotton story for use in the DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre located at Cromford Mills, Derbyshire and on the Arkwright Society website, through facilitating interactions and cultural learning with other project partners, including African Caribbean and South Asian community groups, and through facilitating the sharing of this project work more widely. New archival materials were also provided through funding from HLF through the Arkwright Society.
Collaborator Contribution A member of the Arkwright Society heritage staff was a Co-Investigator on the Practising Reparative Histories project and sat on the Project Steering group. The Arkwright Society has contributed to the co-design of the cotton-related project activities based in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS), Derbyshire. The Arkwright Society has hosted community group visits to Cromford Mills and facilitated interactions with its staff and volunteers, contributed exhibition space for the project activities in the DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre at Cromford Mills and on its website, and provided expert input and additional funding in relation to the development of interpretation panels and audio points in the DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre. Volunteers and staff from the Arkwright Society manage and provide interpretation of the materials developed through the Global Cotton Connections and Practising Reparative Histories projects.
Impact The main outputs are: Heritage interpretation panels in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) Gateway Visitor Centre, Cromford Mills (opened in April 2018); Audio point recordings in the DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre, Cromford Mills (opened in April 2018). The disciplines involved are: geography, history, heritage.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Blood Sugar film show Broadway Nottingham, 24 Nov 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Public screening and discussion of the PRH project film Blood Sugar at Broadway, Nottingham. This allowed members of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group and the PRH project team to share their experiences of making the film and their wider research and impact activities and to collect audience and volunteer feedback. It also acted as a venue for the presentation to the STL group volunteers of the University of Nottingham Longstanding Volunteer Award 2018. There were several questions about the research process and plans for future activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blood-sugar-a-co-produced-film-on-the-slavery-history-of-newstead-abb...
 
Description Cotton audio recordings, Cromford, 3 Feb 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Representatives of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group, Sheffield South Asian groups, the Arkwright Society and Carriacou descendants met to record audios for use in the DVMWHS Gateway Visitor Centre at Cromford Mills, Derbyshire.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Country estate workshop Newstead, 12 Sept 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 20 members of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group, including Michelle Hubbard and Kim Thompson, met to discuss and refine poetry and illustrations suggested for use in the interpretation at Newstead Abbey, hosted by the Newstead curator. Michelle performed a new poem, Blood Sugar, inspired by her previous workshop with the group.The heritage partners and the group agreed on the use of the poem at Newstead in a film format.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Country estate workshop Nottingham, 22 July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 15 members of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group discussed historical materials (words and images) on sugar production and enslaved sugar workers and explored the potential of creative writing and illustration for use in the interpretation of Newstead Abbey. The creative writing was facilitated by Michelle Hubbard and a group poem drafted; the creative illustration was facilitated by Kim Thompson and ideas proposed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cromford Mills visit 29 April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Members of Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group and Sheffield South Asian groups visited Cromford Mills, the project's key cotton heritage site, hosted by The Arkwright Society. The visit allowed the Nottingham and Sheffield groups to view and provide feedback on the heritage interpretation work achieved as part of the Global Cotton Connections project, to interact with heritage partners, to make suggestions for further interpretation and to collect materials relevant to further interpretative work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Filming at Newstead for ITV Central, 15 February 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Slave Trade Legacies group volunteers took part in filming at Newstead Abbey for an ITV Central programme on country houses and slavery legacies in the Midlands to be aired later in the year. The filming was also supported by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description International Heritage Experts Visit 17-22 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the event was to share the project impacts with international rural heritage experts through visits to the facilities and displays developed through the project at Cromford Mills and Newstead Abbey and to share understanding of mutual interests in rural heritage through presentations and project workshops. Four international experts took part in the visit: Professor Ana Lucia, Department of History of Howard University in Washington DC whose research explores the history, memory, and heritage of slavery; Dr Winston F Phulgence, a lecturer in History at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in Saint Lucia with expertise in the commemoration of slavery and plantation heritage in the Caribbean; and Dr Amy Potter from Georgia Southern University, Savannah, USA and Professor Stephen Hanna, University of Mary Washington, Virginia, USA, geographers researching the heritage tourism experience and its relation to historic enslavement and its legacies at 15 US plantations museums and 2 sites of counter-memory in Louisiana, South Carolina and Virginia.
Positive feedback and constructive criticism was received from the international visitors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Kemetfm Radio Show - 20th April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The four international guests and members of the project team were interviewed by Christine Belle during her hour long Kemetfm programme. The purpose was to share insights into the work of the international guests on slavery heritage and reparations and to highlight the achievements of the Practising Reparative Histories project at Cromford Mills and Newstead Abbey. Kemetfm is a radio station aimed at the African Caribbean communities in and around Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Newstead Abbey visit 9 May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 25 members of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group visited Newstead Abbey, hosted by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, including the curator for Newstead. The main purpose was to allow the group to view the site through a tour led by the curator, to provide feedback on the tour, to gather ideas and make suggestions for further interpretation at the site and to share their perspectives with heritage staff and volunteers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Newstead slavery heritage film planning, 20 Dec 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Members of Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group, African Caribbean poet Michelle Hubbard and illustrator Kim Thompson met with film maker Shawn Sobers and heritage partners at Newstead to plan approach to film of Blood Sugar poem.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Newstead slavery heritage filming, 9 Jan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 20 members of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group, including poet Michelle Hubbard, took part in the filming of Blood Sugar poem at Newstead Abbey with film maker, Shawn Sobers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nottingham cotton workshop I, 14 July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 12 members of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group took part in a workshop which involved the discussion of historical materials on cotton plantations, reflection on key images and words for inclusion in interpretation panels at Cromford Mills and exploration of creative ways of engaging with cotton and slavery histories using textiles (led by Evadney Jalloh, STL group member).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Nottingham cotton workshop II, 14 Oct 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 18 members of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group met to hear the ancestor stories of Abigail Bernard and Daniel Shade whose families are from Carriacou and develop/select materials for use in the proposed interpretation panels at Cromford Mills. The group discussed and amended drafts of interpretation panel texts and identified and prioritised image for inclusion in the Cromford panels. The project also shared its work with Abigail Bernard and Daniel Shade.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Nottingham cotton workshop III, 10 Nov 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 15 members of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group met to discuss materials for inclusion in the proposed audio points at Cromford Mills, including using the words of formerly enslaved people and African Caribbean songs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at RGS-IBG Annual conference session on Decolonsing Participatory Geographies, London, 30 Aug 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentation entitled 'Decolonising without recolonising?: practising reparative historical geographies in rural heritage sites' was co-delivered by Susanne Seymour (University of Nottingham) and Lisa Robinson (Bright Ideas, Nottingham). Lisa was a non-academic activist guest of the Participatory Geographers Research Group for this Fuller Geographies session on 'Decolonising Participatory Geographies'. The purpose was to examine the challenges of research and engagement collaborations which seek to enhance the coverage of colonial, enslavement and Black histories in rural heritage venues, as a form of 'reparative' work (see Bergin and Rupprecht, 2016; Beckles, 2012). It considered especially the challenges of collaborations between academia and heritage organisations, typically characterised by few BAME employees and dominated by white-centred ways of thinking (Alexander and Arday, 2015; BOP Consulting, 2012) and BAME community groups and organisations. The presentation and discussion was attended by c.30 international conference delegates and generated many questions and further discussion in and beyond the session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Pro Ana Lucia Araujo ISOS Annual Public Lecture - University of Nottingham 20 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The PRH international guest, Professor Ana Lucia Aruajo gave the University of Nottingham's Institute for the Study of Slavery Annual Public Lecture 2018. The lecture explored ideas of symbolic, financial and material reparations using examples from different former slave societies in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. It drew a diverse audience, including from the wider BAME community and PRH project volunteers. It generated considerable discussion over reparations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Project launch with Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group 29 Mar 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Around 35 members of Nottingham's African Caribbean community attended this launch of the Nottingham strand of the Practising Reparative Histories project. Some had been involved with the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies (NSTL) initiative previously; others were new to the group. The main purpose was to relaunch the NSTL initiative, to introduce the cotton and country house heritage partners, to outline the scope for work to enhance interpretation at the heritage sites, and to gather ideas for types of interpretative and creative approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Project launch with Sheffield South Asian groups 7 Mar 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Around 20 members of Sheffield South Asian groups attended this launch of the Sheffield strand of the Practising Reparative Histories project. Some had been involved with the Sheffield Hindu Samaj heritage projects previously; others were new to the projects. The main purpose was to introduce the PRH project in relation to cotton, to outline the scope for work to enhance interpretation at the heritage sites, and to gather ideas for types of interpretative and creative approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Quarry Bank Mill visit 21 May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 40 members of Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies and Sheffield South Asian groups visited Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, hosted by the National Trust. The main purpose of the visit was to examine the extent and nature of coverage of global cotton history at this important cotton heritage site (particularly histories related to enslavement in the Americas and India's cotton industry), to learn about the National Trust's heritage interpretation strategies, to gather materials to inform the groups' interpretative strategies at Cromford Mills and to share the groups' perspectives and feedback with the National Trust.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description RIFA ceremony London, 8 Nov 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The event involved attendance at the RIFA 2018, London, for which the film Blood Sugar, made through the Practising Reparative Histories project, was shortlisted in the People on the Move category. The project attendees were the PI, the film maker, the creative writer and eight representatives of the Slave Trade Legacies volunteer group who all helped make the film. The event involved highlights from the film and allowed us to share our experiences of making the film and our wider research and impact activities with other guests at the awards. It generated discussions and interest from other participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ahrc.ukri.org/research/readwatchlisten/features/rifa-2018-people-on-the-move-award-stories-o...
 
Description Sharing and Celebration event - Cromford Mills 21 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The event was staged to celebrate and share the work of the volunteers from Sheffield South Asian groups and the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group and other project members at Cromford Mills with wider local BAME audiences, international experts and other visitors. It featured the project team and guests viewing the new heritage installations in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Gateway Visitor Centre at Cromford Mills, including co-designed panels and audio recordings, made collaboratively through the project. It also involved readings from the Sheffield groups' poetry collection 'Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Poem', cotton stories by Debjani Chatterjee and a creative painting and embroidery workshop by Evadney Jalloh, all open to the public.
The visit sparked interest, questions and feedback on the installations and the poetry. It also sparked interest in future visits to the Derwent Valley and further work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sharing and Celebration event - Newstead Abbey 19 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The event was staged to celebrate and share the work of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group volunteers and other project members at Newstead Abbey with wider local BAME audiences and international experts. It featured the project team and guests viewing the new heritage installations at Newstead, including the film Blood Sugar, made collaboratively through the project.
The visit sparked interest, questions and feedback on the film, its positioning in the wider heritage installation and the telling of slavery history at Newstead Abbey. It also sparked interest in future visits to Newstead and further work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sheffield Family Shaka cotton project celebration event, Sheffield Hindu Samaj Temple, 17 Mar 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Celebration event for Sheffield Family Shakha and related South Asian groups in Sheffield to share and discuss with their wider membership the activities undertaken as part of the PRH cotton project, 'Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Story'. The activities included cotton-related story-telling, a shadow puppet show, discussion of the Bengali Women's Group cotton wall hanging and discussion of the Sheffield Family Shakha's cotton collage display. The event sparked discussion over the project and its outputs and further interest in the activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sheffield Kabir Jayanti, 11 June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This event was held to celebrate the birth of the Indian cotton weaver-saint Kabir. It involved story-telling about Kabir's life (by Debjani Chatterjee), dance and readings about Kabir (by Hindu Samaj children) and an informal painting workshop (by Aastha Over 50s group).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.burngreavemessenger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/burngreace-messenger-july-2017-web.pd...
 
Description Sheffield cotton story-telling and writing workshop I, 7 May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The workshop led by Dr Debjani Chatterjee was held with Bal Gokulam, a Hindu parents and children group. It involved cotton-related storytelling and creative writing and stimulated interest in storytelling and shadow puppet shows amongst the group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sheffield cotton storytelling and writing workshop II, 16 July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Members of Bal Gokulam (a Hindu parents and children group) attended a creative writing and storytelling workshop led by Dr Debjani Chatterjee. It involved cotton-related story-telling and development of material for a shadow puppet show.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sheffield cotton wall-hanging workshop I, 1 June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Members of the Sheffield Family Shakha, the Aastha Over 50s group and Bengali Women's Support Group attended a creative cotton wall-hanging and painting workshop led by Dr Debjani Chatterjee and a community textile expert. This led to the development of the Sheffield Family Shakha's cotton collage display which was used at the Sheffield Family Shakha's cotton celebration event in Sheffield on 17 Mar 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sheffield cotton wall-hanging workshop II, 24 Feb 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The workshop allowed the final production of the Bengali Women's Support Group's cotton wall-hanging. This was subsequently used in the Sheffield Family Shaka celebration event in Sheffield on 17 Mar 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sheffield cotton writing workshop I, 30 July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Dr Debjani Chatterjee led a poetry writing workshop with members of for Bal Gokulam (Hindu parents and children group) and the Sheffield Hindu Samaj. The purpose was to develop materials for a collection of cotton-related poetry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017