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Memorial to Zong: until Sep 2021

Lubaina Himid’s fantastic exhibition, Memorial to Zong, is currently at the Lancaster Maritime Museum. Turner Prize Winner, Professor Lubaina Himid’s exhibition is a powerful re-interpretation of the history and brutality of the slave trade and remembers the Zong Massacre.

Professor Alan Rice, together with the team at the museum and a variety of contributors, has developed a virtual exhibition which is now available online at


Arts and Activism Webinars

Fantastic series of webinars from IBAR (Institute for Black Atlantic Research at UCLan) and PBHG. Arts – Activism in the Age of Black Lives Matter Webinar Series – Showcasing some of our own Preston based artist/activists Nadine J Knight and Phil Kaila, Jade Montserrat IBAR Artist in Residence as well as Tayo Aluko from Liverpool and the Othello Project at the Royal Shakespeare Co. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity.

Tuesday 8 June, 16:30-17:30 | Tayo Aluko

Tuesday 15 June, 16:30-17:30 | The Othello Project

Tuesday 22 June, 16:30-17:30 | Nadine Knight

Tuesday 29 June, 16:30-17:30 | Jade Montserrat

Tuesday 6 July, 16:30-17:30 | Phil Kaila

St Vincent Relief Drive

PBHG Chair has been active in spearheading the St Vincent Relief Drive in Preston with other community groups, collecting essential supplies at Jalgos Sports and Social Club. The supplies will be taken to Liverpool for transport to St Vincent ASAP to alleviate the hardships caused to the 16,000 people who have had to flee their ash-covered communities after the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in early April.

Uncovering Black History Course

Four week course exploring British Black History with Linford Sweeney – contact 07932717907 for details

Wisdom Shared: Relearning the Past Together at the Harris in Preston: Oct 2020 – August 2021

Artist Bernie Velvick has been a member of Preston Black History Group since before it became a constituted group. The opportunity to create the Wisdom Shared artwork trail at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston in collaboration with the other members of the group has been an ideal way for us to celebrate our tenth anniversary and to reflect on the journeys we have made, both individually and together, to explore our shared history.

The full texts of everyones contributions and a video with Joseph and Bernie talking about the project is here on the Harris website

In the artworks our group members words are in conversation with the Harris collections, the building, and the City of Preston through the gallery windows. The Harris have changed their labels in the displays about ‘Cotton’ and ceramics to widen the narratives and to include references to the cotton and sugar trades and the enslaved people whose contribution has been left out until now.

The Harris will be open to the public in May 2021 so you can visit our trail.

Here’s a preview.

CFP: The Anthropocene and Race Conference

Image credit: Jade Montserrat. ‘You’ll have to be on your toes to survive these parts.’

Register here:

More info from IBAR

Feb 05 Friday

The University of Central Lancashire is hosting ‘The Anthropocene and Race’ conference in February 2021. The conference explores the connections among geology and culture, environment, ideology and inequality, memory and displacement, deep time and the far future.

Keynote addresses will be given by:

Professor Kei Miller, University of Exeter

Novelist, poet, author of Augustown and In Nearby Bushes

Forward Prize and OCM Bocas Prize winner

Syaman Rapongan

Novelist, essayist, Tao culture activist

China Times Prize for Literature and Golden Tripod Award winner

Taiwan Ocean Research Institute researcher

Dr Karen McCarthy Woolf, Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar, UCLA

Ecocritic, poet, editor

Author of An Aviary of Small Birds and Seasonal Disturbances

We are witnessing climate crisis and mass extinction. The Anthropocene is the proposed name for a new geological epoch, created by human actions. The term encapsulates the total impact of human activities on Earth’s systems. As such, it is a crucial new development for the sciences, humanities and arts.

This conference brings together an international array of thinkers from geography, literature and culture.

The term Anthropocene remains controversial. Discussions among geologists are ongoing. Is the scale of ‘human’ activities really what is at stake here, or the activities of a few individuals, nations, corporations and governments? A subsistence farmer in Africa quite clearly does not have the same impact on the Earth as the chief executive of a coal mining company. Is the very idea of the Anthropocene western-centred – even racist?

The Anthropocene has been critiqued for being Eurocentric, human-focussed, capitalist and white-dominated. Karen Yusoff has challenged the Anthropocene’s ‘white geology’ for ignoring the enslaved and exploited black and brown bodies that the term obscures.

Environmental damage is a major driver of diaspora and new forms of exile, from climate change migration and the flight from polluted cities to ‘solastalgia’ (a feeling of distress caused by environmental damage close to your home.)

Topics will include:

*Theories of the Anthropocene, and what the concept means for different disciplines

*The Anthropocene and race across visual art, literature, music, social sciences and related narratives

*African Diasporan, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and LBGTQ+ perspectives on the Anthropocene, across disciplines

*Ecological imperialism, globalisation and capitalism, the ‘Capitalocene’

*Multi-species communities of resilience and resistance, the ‘Chthulucene’

*Geology, geological narratives, and what they imply for human beings

*Boundaries and border-crossings, human and nonhuman; migration of people, animals and plants (forced or voluntary)
*Oceanic studies and wider Pacific cross-cultural currents

*Cultural narratives about extinction, climate change, oceanic impacts

Black History Month Advent Calendar

Here’s a link to a fab Black History Month Advent Calendar of interesting people of African Caribbean heritage from the past and the present – you’ll be amazed – share with your kids.

The pic on our site doesn’t work – follow the link to have some fun!

Some BHM resources

Toppling Statues

Toppling statues and renaming buildings | The Black Lives Matter Movement and the history of slavery

Thursday 15 October | 2.15pm to 3.00pm

In honour of Black History Month, Liverpool John Moores University will be hosting a live lecture focusing on Black Lives Matter Movement both in the US and UK and the impact this had in Liverpool.

The Black Lives Matter movement has, in recent months, led to a resurgence of discussion around Britain’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade and how this should be remembered. Events in the UK (such as the toppling of Colston’s statue in Bristol, and calls to rename streets in Liverpool) have generally mirrored those in the United States, where there has been a widespread removal of monuments to people with links to slavery.

Speaker: Andrea Livesey is a lecturer in slavery and US history at LJMU.  She has published on slavery in the United States and has provided commentary for BBC radio, the Guardian, and other media outlets on the memory of slavery in the UK and the US.  

Details: Thursday 15 October 2:15-3pm via ZOOM. Targeted at pupils in Years 10-13. If this is not relevant to your subject area , please feel free to direct to colleagues in your History department.

To register for this event please email

Alternatively, if you are unable to join us live and would like to receive a copy of the recording, please email us at the address above.


IBAR is proud to announce our Co-Director Professor Lubaina Himid’s Memorial to Zong exhibition at the Lancaster Maritime Museum. This exhibition is the culmination of her engagement with the City of Lancaster and its slave trade history which began with the inaugural public meeting of the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project (STAMP) in November 2003 and continued in 2007 with the display of her 100-piece overpainted ceramic dinner service, Swallow Hard: The Lancaster Dinner Service, at the Judges’ Lodgings. Due to COVID Restrictions, there is a delay to the opening of the exhibition to members of the public. However, accompanying the exhibition, during Black History Month, a series of videos and other materials will be shown on the Museum Facebook Page. These are related to the exhibition and to Co-Director Professor Alan Rice’s newly-designed Lancaster Slave Trade, Abolition and Fair Trade Trail, which is being launched to coincide with Professor Himid’s exhibition.

A 60-page catalogue, edited by Dr Andrea Sillis and Prof Alan Rice, has been produced to accompany the exhibition. It includes articles by Rice and Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, Dr Ella Mills and Dr Anita Rupprecht. This catalogue is available for sale for £10 through the museum and IBAR. For details, please email Melanie Cookson-Carter:

In another IBAR initiative for BHM,  IBAR’s Jade Montserrat’s narration of the story of James Johnson can be accessed through the following link: Facebook

Best wishes from all at IBAR

Images from Lubaina Himid’s Swallow Hard: The Lancaster Dinner Service from her Turner Prize Exhibition at Ferens Gallery in Hull 2017. Photo: Bernie Velvick