We're opening with a special Retrospective session In Memoriam of Ian Duffield and Imtiaz Habib, two pioneers in the field, and supporters of WHBBH, who have sadly passed away in the last year. We're delighted that some of their peers and co-collaborators, Barbara Bush, Audrey Dewjee, Duncan Salkeld and Marika Sherwood are able to join us for a panel discussion to reflect on their work, its impact, and how far Black British History has come since they began their careers.
Then onto our regular slot highlighting New Publications, where we'll hear about the updated 2nd edition of
Stephen Bourne's Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War; Rodreguez King- Dorset book on Black Classical Musicians and Composers, 1500-2000; Robin Walker's Black History Matters and the inclusion of 24 New Black Lives in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
After lunch we have a session on Queer Black British History, a topic we have long wanted to include in the WHBBH programme. Shaun Wallace will speak about Black Queer Artistic production in the UK from 1980-to the Present; then Veronika Mackenzie, Director at Reel Brit Productions, and Sue Lemos will give complimentary presentations on BAME LGBTQ+ Political Activism in the 1980s and the Black Lesbian Movement in Britain.
Next we have a session on Engaging with the Community, hearing from Melissa Bennett and Iyamide Thomas
about how they included objects belonging to Krios Londoners in the Museum of London exhibition on The Krios of Sierra Leone; Jasmine Breinburg and Frankie Chappell on how the Young Historians Project has uncovered the Hidden History of African Women and the British Health Service and Olivia twitter.com/oliviawyatt1999Wyatt on how she is telling the stories of Caribbean women and the Leeds “riots” of 1975 and 1981, both using oral history; and finally Machel Bogues on Engaging Young Londoners through the Bernie Grant Trust’s Marginalised No More Project.
We'll finish with the usual final reflections session, chaired by Michael Ohajuru, where we will invite the audience to contribute their thoughts too.
And the discussion and networking will continue informally at our Drinks Reception - always a highlight!
Really hope you can join us for what looks to be a really thought provoking and stimulating day. You can find the booking form and full agenda here.
If you can't make it, we'll be live-tweeting @BlackBritHist #WHBBHXI throughout the day...