October Dialogues: ‘Unspeakable Things Unspoken’: Transatlantic Slavery – A Public Conversation: Day 2

The second year of the October Dialogues also saw the addition of a second day, which was sponsored by Journey to JusticeGalleries of JusticeMidlands3Cities, and C3R. Day two brought together local activists from Nottingham and the East Midlands to discuss and develop new and existing projects that chime with the themes covered in day one. The workshop opened with four local organisations briefing the room on their projects, which included an upcoming film about Nottingham as a rebel city produced by Syncopate Media, the Slave Trade Legacies’ pioneering project to confront the role of enslaved people played in contributing to the material wealth in Britain, and Nottingham Contemporary’s Black Arts Movement programme. After the introductions, small focus groups were formed to consider ideas on how to take the respective projects forward. The room was alive with productive, constructive conversation.

I was there representing the fourth local project: Journey to Justice: Nottingham, an exhibition set to open at the Galleries of Justice in February 2017 until June 2017, which looks at the US civil rights movement, its links to the UK, and wider impact, as well as social justice and activism in Nottingham in the past and present, and is set to be accompanied by an event and workshop programme. The conversations I had were enlightening and inspiring and really offered a great deal to the project. In particular, I established ties with the amazing people at the National Caribbean Heritage Museum (formerly SKN Heritage), who will be contributing some of their valuable work to Journey to Justice: Nottingham, and I proposed a collaborative project between Journey to Justice: Nottingham, Nottingham Contemporary, and the New Art Exchange to create a digital and physical archive to document the Black Arts Movement in the East Midlands.

The two days were a wonderful experience and were absolutely packed with excitement. I cannot wait to attend next year’s!


Scott Weightman is the M3C-C3R Postgraduate Director for Journey to Justice: Nottingham. He is a Midlands3Cities AHRC funded History and American Studies PhD student based at the University of Leicester and the University of Nottingham. His research project assesses the use of mass media by segregationists in their effort to defend the continuation of segregation during the 1950s and 1960s. For more information see http://bit.ly/1iTqPmJ

Contact Scott via sw446@le.ac.uk

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