The session will reflect back on the experiences and achievements of the Global Cotton Connections project (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC) and Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies initiative work (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund - HLF) carried out in 2014-15 in the Derwent Valley, Derbyshire. In 2001 part of the Derwent Valley was designated as a World Heritage Site due to its global importance as an industrial heritage site. Yet our projects found that certain global histories, including Black histories, were not being told at key mill sites in the Valley. So we set out to highlight the significance of these gaps and to provide new information and perspectives to inform their representation. The session will consider the effects of this work on the new Gateway Visitor Centre for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site which opened on 1st February 2016 at Cromford Mills (owned by the Arkwright Society) and on members of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group and heritage organisations.
Dr Susanne Seymour was lead coordinator of the Global Cotton Connections project and a partner in the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies initiative. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham and a Deputy Director of the University’s Institute for the Study of Slavery (ISOS).
The Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies group is made up of local people mainly of African Caribbean heritage. It was set up in 2014 as part of the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies initiative supported by Bright Ideas Nottingham and the University of Nottingham. Its HLF project, The Colour of Money, was a finalist in the National Lottery Heritage awards 2016.
This event is part of The University of Nottingham Black History Month Programme, running throughout October and open to staff, students and members of the public. If you have any queries or additional requirements, please feel free to contact the People and Culture Team on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up to date with all our activities throughout the month on a blog https://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/peopleandculture/,