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Photograph by Jake Hurfurt

Photograph by Jake Hurfurt

Events - Talks

Unspeakable Things Unspoken

Transatlantic Slavery

12 Oct 2016 - 13 Oct 2016

This conference will examine the ways in which slavery has figured in public history in Britain. It will consider how academic history has shaped public perceptions of slavery and how public debate has challenged and inspired scholarship. It will give critical attention to the ways in which slavery and colonialism has shaped both our public and academic history institutions. Given the increasing emphasis on ‘impact’ within university research agendas the event will offer new possibilities for building relationships across academic and public history. Public history will be conceived of in its broadest sense and speakers will be invited from among museum and heritage professionals, artists, community historians, activists, academics, poets, performers and educators. 

For more information please visit the official Ocotber Dialogues website:

Please use the official conference hashtag #OctoberDialogues



October 12, 9.30am - 9pm

Dialogues and performance event

Day 1 begins with registration from 9.30am onward and the day's sessions (including an evening performance) will finish at 9pm. We will serve a complimentary lunch and snacks for the evening reception. Please visit the official conference website for more info on the programme and speakers.





​October 13, 10am - 3pm

Nottingham and East Midlands activist workshop

Day 2 will be a half day workshop focused on local history activism in Nottingham and the East Midlands. Participants will be encouraged to come to the workshop with ideas for building new or expanding existing slavery public history projects. The meeting will act as a forum for brokering partnerships - local stakeholders from museums, archives, art galleries, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham, Midlands3Cities, community groups, creative practitioners, the council and relevant funding bodies will be invited to come.




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