The event will be focused on Welsh Black History, with a keynote from Professor Charlotte Williams, OBE, followed by sessions exploring the latest developments in Wales, histories from the Victorian Age through to the interwar years, and artistic and poetic responses. The day will end with a Drinks Reception with music.
It will be great to discover more about Black History in Wales, which is ahead of England in many ways, with the Government making studying Black History in schools compulsory and commissioning an audit that found that over 200 statues, street names and buildings in the country had connections to enslavement. We'll be hearing about these new developments from our keynote speaker, Charlotte Williams, who led the working group to look at how Black history was taught in Welsh schools, Gaynor Legall who led the built environment audit, as well as Peter Alexander on how the Welsh Government's Race Equality Action Plan (REAP) is being implemented in museums.
We'll also be learning some Welsh Black histories including about the Congo House school for Africans in Victorian Colwyn Bay, Attitudes of the Welsh in America to African Americans during Reconstruction, 1865-77, and Black sailors boarding in Cardiff between 1890 and 1839. And its's going to be great to explore artistic and poetic responses to these histories. I'm particularly looking forward to hearing about what's been going on at the National Trust's Penrhyn Castle, which you should definitely try and visit while you're here as it's only ten minutes from the university. I got to know it through the Colonial Countryside project, as the family were enslavers in Jamaica.
On that note, I would highly recommend you make a weekend of your trip to Wales as there's so many beautiful landscapes, such as Snowdonia National Park, and historic buildings -especially castles (including the one where they film I'm a Celebrity) - to explore! There's also surfing and zipwires galore for the adrenaline junkies amongst you! I know that many southerners think North Wales is remote but in fact you can get to Bangor by train in 3 hours from London or Birmingham, 2 hours from Manchester, or 1.5 hours from Liverpool. When you see the full Agenda, I'm sure you'll agree that it'll be worth the trip - and think of all the reading - maybe some of those titles that have been on your list since our Books event last year - you could get done on the train! Or if you prefer driving with an audiobook, there are some gorgeous places you could break the journey at, check out Visit Wales for accommodation options.
Check out the full agenda- in English and Cymraeg below, and then head to the Registration page to book your ticket!
If you can't make it, we'll be live-tweeting @BlackBritHist #WHBBHXIV throughout the day, and the recordings will be made available after the event.
Hope to see many of you there!