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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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Dr Christine Whyte


Affiliation: School of History, University of Kent

Location:Kent, South East England

Research Description: I am interested in the projects and schemes set in place to manage the transition from slavery to freedom. Particularly how societies dealt with the question of child slavery and labour.

Research Keywords: Slavery; abolition; colonialism; British Empire; migration.

Countries and Regions of Interest: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, Seychelles, South Africa.


Twitter: @ChristineHWhyte Profile

Dr Katie Donington


Affiliation: London South Bank University

Location: London


Research Description: 

Katie Donington is a Lecturer in History at London South Bank University. She convenes two modules relating to the history of Black Britain and more broadly colonialism: ‘Black History: Concepts and Debates’ and ‘Industry, Empire and Society, 1750-1900’.

Her research focuses on the cultural, commercial, political and familial world the slave-owners made in both Jamaica and Britain. She previously worked with the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at University College London, initially as a PhD student and later as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. Before entering academia Katie worked in the museum sector and is particularly interested in the representation of slavery in public history.

She has co-curated the exhibition ‘Slavery, Culture and Collecting’ at the Museum of London Docklands. She was an historical advisor and on-screen interviewee for the BAFTA-award winning documentary Britain’s Forgotten Slave-owners.

Research Keywords:

Slavery, family, legacies, culture, commerce, colonialism, Black history, teaching, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, museums, representation, public history

Countries and Regions of Interest: 

Caribbean, Britain, Africa, America



Katie Donington, The bonds of family: Slavery, commerce and culture in the British Atlantic world (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019).

Co-authored book

Catherine Hall, Nicholas Draper, Keith McClelland, Katie Donington and Rachel Lang, Legacies of British slave-ownership: Colonial slavery and the formation of Victorian Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Co-edited book

Katie Donington, Ryan Hanley and Jessica Moody (eds.), Britain’s memory of slavery: Local nuances of a ‘national sin’ (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016).

Chapter in book

Katie Donington, ‘Slavery and abolition’, in Nancy Johnson and Paul Keen (eds.), Mary Wollstonecraft in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Katie Donington and Nicholas Draper, ‘Slavery and the City: An Urban Exploration’, Critical Cities, Vol.4 (London: Myrdle Court Press, 2014), pp. 178-198.

Popular publishing

Katie Donington, ‘A society built on slavery?’, History Today (Sept, 2015).


Katie Donington, ‘Should historical place names be changed to fit modern values?’, BBC History Magazine (May 2017).

Katie Donington, ‘Review of Roots (2016)’, BBC History Magazine (Mar 2017).

Katie Donington, ‘The Legacies of British Slave-ownership’, History Workshop Journal Online (Nov 2014).

Book Review

Katie Donington, ‘Review of James Heartfield, The British and Foreign Antislavery Society, 1838-1950’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association (Oct 2018)

Katie Donington, ‘Review of Talitha L. LeFlouria, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South’, Feminist Review , 115 (Mar 2017).

Katie Donington, ‘Review of William Pettigrew Freedom’s Debt: The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade (1672-1752) and Brycchan Carey, From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Slavery (1657-1761)’, History Today (Jul 2014).

Encyclopaedia entry

Katie Donington, ‘Jane Harry’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Educational resources

Katie Donington, ‘The Legacies of British Slave-ownership’, Modern Historical Review, 18.5 (Hodder Education, 2015).

Katie Donington and Kristy Warren, ‘Hackney, sugar and slavery: Local history unit of work’, Key Stage 3 and 4.

Katie Donington, John Siblon and Kristy Warren, ‘An overview of Britain and transatlantic slavery: Background notes for teachers’, Key Stage 3 and 4.