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WHBBH5 Agenda


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What’s Happening in Black British History? (V) Workshop

Thursday 27th October 2016
Wolfson Room, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House

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10.00- 10.30 Registration: tea & coffee

10.30-11.00 Keynote address: Professor Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University)

11.00-12.30 Session One: Beyond Mary Prince: Black Women in Dialogue

Chair: Deirdre Osborne (Reader in English Literature and Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Kareena Chin (MA Student, Goldsmiths), Mary Prince, Censorship and Publication
Heather Marks (MA Student, Goldsmiths), Women and Windrush
Heather Goodman (MA Student, Goldsmiths), Millennial Voices Janet Sebastian
Vanessa Igho (MA Students, Goldsmiths) The MA in Black British Writing: From Fiction to Fact

12.30-1.15 Lunch

1.15-3.00 Session Two: Recovering and Engaging the Public with Black British Histories

Chair: Professor Philip Murphy (Director of the Institute of Commonwealth )

Munira Mohamed (Learning Manager, Black Cultural Archives) and Monique Baptiste-Brown (Communications and Marketing Manager,Black Cultural Archives), Reclaiming heritage: Black Cultural Archives’ methodology for curating living heritage and evaluating the recent co-curated exhibition, Rastafari in Motion
Kate Morrison (Writer & Visiting Scholar, Book, Text and Place 1500 – 1750 Research Centre, Bath Spa University) ‘Go back & fetch what you forgot’: building a fictional character from the archives
Grace Quansah (Director, WAPPY: Writing, Acting & Publishing Project for Youngsters) Empowering Young Voices to Explore Heritage
Sophie Lillington (Museum & Heritage Manager, Epping Forest, City of London Corporation), Down in the Forest: a first foray into Black History

3.00-3.30 Tea/coffee

3.30-5.00 Session Three: Identity and Involvement in Doing Justice to Black British History in Schools

Chairs: Abdul Mohamud and Robin Whitburn (Justice2History)

Sharon Aninakwa, (Head of History at the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College, Harlesden) Black Women in History and the School
Thabo Stuck (History teacher, The BRIT School for performing arts, Croydon). Becoming a ‘Choreographer’: challenges to doing justice to history
André Burton (PGCE student, Institute of Education, UCL) The importance of Black British History and the struggle for education in 21st century London

5. 15-6.15 Final Thoughts and Conclusions Panel 

Chair: Dr Miranda Kaufmann (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

6.15-7.15 Reception

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Sean Creighton


Affiliation: Independent Historian

Location: London


Research Description: British Black History across the board. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. John Archer. London Boroughs Croydon, Lambeth, Merton, Wandsworth. North East. Slavery and Abolition. Slavery-ownership and compensation. Anti-racism. Paul Robeson in UK. Canada.

Research Keywords:

Countries and Regions of Interest: Britain, London, North East England, Canada, United States, West Africa, Caribbean.


‘Paul Robeson’s UK Journey’ in Cross the Water Blues. African American Music in Europe, edited by Neil Wynn (University of Mississippi Press. 2007).

‘Black People in the North East’, North East History Vol 39 (2008).

‘John Archer and the Politics of Labour in Battersea 1906-1932’, Immigrants & Minorities Vol. 28. Issues 2/3 (July/November 2010).

‘”Slavery is Sustained by the Purchase of its Productions”: The Slave; His Wrongs and Their Remedy Newspaper, 1851-1856’, in Ulrich Pallua, Adrian Knapp, Andreas Exenberger, (Re)figuring Human Enslavement: Images of Power, Violence and Resistance (University of Innsbruck Press, 2009).

‘John Archer. A Life in Politics’, in Jak Beula, John Archer. London’s First Black Mayor. Examining a 20th Century Icon as a 21st Century Role-Model (Nubian Jak Media Publishing, 2011).

Politics & Culture: Paul Robeson in the UK (History & Social Action Publications, 2013).

John Archer: Battersea Black and Labour Activist 1863-1932 (History & Social Action Publications, 2014).


Blog: History & Social Action

Shaun Wallace


Affiliation: Thought Pyramid Arts Centre, Abuja, Nigeria; Narrativiti Community Interest Company, London, England.

Location: Abuja, Nigeria and London, England.


Research Description:

An experienced Cultural Manager and Educator, with in-depth knowledge of Contemporary African and African Diaspora Visual Arts and with extensive contacts in that field. An excellent communicator, skilled at facilitating the exchange of ideas.

Currently works as Adjunct Head of Education at The Thought Pyramid Arts Centre, Abuja. Nigeria. Shaun set up Narrativiti Community Interest Company {CIC} in 2005, in the UK. It is an educational outreach service advocating, memorialising, and educating diverse communities about African Diaspora cultural expression. The over-arching aim of Narrativiti CIC is to:

  1. Advance public education by promoting the work of Diaspora artists, in the Narrativiti multi-arts showcase –‘Orature’.
  2. Promote well-being in Diaspora communities, through the provision of services and products that integrate art, health and technology.

Provide a range of commercial activities, products and services that will support the creative arts and sustain us as a creative industryn

Research Keywords: African Diaspora Art and Culture; Art Education; Curating; Contemporary African art consulting.

Countries and Regions of Interest: The World.