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Who do we think we were? Slavery, Abolition and the Manchester Lit & Phil

This IBAR event, in conjunction with the Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society, may be of interest to those of you who are in the proximity of Manchester (UK) next week on 1st June.  Booking required. Please find further information and link to book tickets at:

Who do we think we were? Slavery, Abolition and the Manchester Lit & Phil | The Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society About the research team. Professor Alan Rice is co-director of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) and director of the Research Centre in Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX) at UCLan. He works on interdisciplinary studies of the Black Atlantic, focusing on international and local histories of slavery and its memorialisation in literature, art, museums, galleries, and community …

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Who do we think we were? Slavery, Abolition, and the Manchester Lit & Phil

Prof. Alan Rice; Dr Andrea Sillis; Drahoslava Máchová Wednesday, 1 June 2022 – 6:00pm Friends’ Meeting House

The Manchester Lit and Phil was founded in 1781, when the city’s rapidly mechanising textile industry placed it at the centre of global trade networks.  These networks were fuelled by slave-produced cotton from Caribbean and American plantations.  In view of this history, and prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement, the Society commissioned research from the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) into its own links to slavery in the period 1780-1865.

The Society’s membership at that time included many influential Mancunians.  This presentation will discuss prominent members who benefited directly from wealth generated from slavery and slave-produced goods, being owners or financiers of plantations, slaves and ships.  Others profited indirectly as mill owners, merchants, architects, inventors, engineers and investors, who supplied the technology, machinery, infrastructure and financial backing for manufacturing.

However, there was also fierce opposition to slavery from across all social classes in Manchester.  Local anti-slavery campaigners played a key part in the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and the final abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1833.  The panel will present findings about Lit and Phil members’ active engagement in anti-slavery campaigning, highlighting their links with many black abolitionist speakers, including the escaped slave and orator, Frederick Douglass.

The Society’s founding members aimed to promote the advancement of knowledge and education in the natural sciences and humanities.  As such, another focus of the presentation will be on learned societies’ contributions to so-called “scientific racism,” or theoretical work that was frequently used to justify the practice of slavery.

Overall, we hope to foreground the political and intellectual complexities of this period of the Lit and Phil’s history, in which members with radically opposing views on slavery and abolition actually collaborated as friends in running the Society.

IBAR is an interdisciplinary research institute that emerged from UCLAN’s internationally renowned work in the field of African Atlantic studies.

Sunday 24th Apr – Black Panthers: Vanguard of the revolution – film showing

Preston Black History Group would like to invite you and a friend to a presentation of the documentary film The Black Panthers. A film produced by Stanley Nelson. 

Sunday 24th April 2022.  .The venue is Jalgos sports and social club. Rose Street Preston. PR1 3XY. Start time 16.00 hrs

This is the first full length documentary to explore the Black Panther party, it’s significance to the broader political and cultural awakening for black people, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: the police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, the Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party, and those who left .

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the revolution is an essential part of black history.

This is a free presentation and is supported by

Unite (The Union) N/W 0056  Bamber Bridge and Leyland branch

Please feel free to share this invitation with your family and friends

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