Re-discovering Brighton’s Slave History

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HAHP Black History Month Programme of Events

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This year the School of History, Art History and Philosophy are marking Black History of Month with a programme of events that will take place over the course of the academic year 2019/20. The programme, ‘Decolonising Representation’, is designed to highlight and promote the important work of BAME scholars and practitioners, and prompts us, as students and staff alike, to think critically about how we, as a School, deconstruct or decolonise the subjects we teach and study. We are particularly interested in highlighting the work of local groups, communities, and artists, and in so doing hope to create a platform from which students can explore and interact with the myriad of grassroots projects and initiatives designed to make us rethink our histories. The programme is a mixture of hands on workshops, sessions in the Keep archive, film screenings as well as talks and seminars. Additionally, if you are interested in organising an event please do get in contact.

We will publish details of events as they are confirmed but are pleased to announce the follow confirmed event;

‘Re-discovering Brighton’s Slave History: The Life Thomas Highflyer'’ – a conversation with Sarah Naomi Lee, co-founder of the Brighton and Hove Black History Group, and Judith Ricketts exhibiting artist, researcher and Lecturer on the BA Design for Digital Media course at the University of Brighton. Sarah and Judith will take separately about their work on reconstructing and re-imagining the life of Thomas Highflyer, an African slave boy who lived and attended school in Brighton in the 1870s. Sarah project managed an educational film about his life,, while Judith created an artistic interpretation of his life. Excerpts of both films will be screened and you will also get a chance to talk to both Sarah and Judith about this important work, the background to the project as well as ongoing work.


Sarah Naomi Lee is the co-founder of Brighton and Hove Black History and an experienced freelance arts and heritage consultant specialising in diverse cultural projects - She recently project managed an education film about the life of an African slave boy who lived and went to school in Brighton in the 1870s - See also

Judith Ricketts is an exhibiting artist, researcher and Lecturer on the BA Design for Digital Media course at the University of Brighton, with a specialist interest in algorithmic bias, creative coding, serious games and unremembered stories.She uses the city’s immaterial patterns and inter-dependencies, to tell stories from data related to surveillance, migration and the bio-metric aesthetics of the body.Past projects were created using combinations of facial detection, motion detection, QR codes, photography, sound, and moving image and augmented reality. See

Date: Friday 8 November 2019 Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Sussex Humanities Lab, SB211 Silverstone (2nd Floor), Arts Road, Falmer

Places are free but booking is essential as places as limited - booking infomation to follow. Tea and coffee will be provided.

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