Black History Month talks

Part of the Trade Roots exhibition, this series of FREE talks takes place in October to mark Black History Month.

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Jersey Museum and Art Gallery

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All the FREE talks take place in the AV Theatre at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery at 7pm to 8pm.

Seating is limited, so reserve your space(s) here 

Legacy of Islanders involved in transatlantic slavery

Thursday 13 October.

Local photographer Martin Toft shares his research as part of a Jersey Heritage series of talks in Black History Month.

Martin Toft is a photographer, photobook artist and educator working on a long-term photographic project, Entrepôt – exploring the history of Jersey’s cod-fishing trade in Canada and its merchant networks in the West Indies, South America and Mediterranean. Martin will explore how archival research, both locally and internationally, revealed evidence of Islanders involved in transatlantic slavery that would become starting points for a lens-based project.

Slavery, slave-ownership and British society

Thursday 20 October

A talk on slavery, slave-ownership and British society by Keith McClelland of the Legacies of British Slavery project.

This talk will examine British slave-ownership in the Caribbean and the legacies of it in the shaping of modern British society. There will be an introduction to using the Legacies of British Slave-ownership website including how to find people from Jersey.

Keith McClelland was co-founder of the ‘Legacies of British Slave-ownership’ project in 2009 and co-director of the subsequent project, ‘The Structure and Significance of British Caribbean Slave-ownership 1763–1833’.

Uncovering the Channel Islands slave trade

Thursday 27 October

Uncovering the Channel Islands slave trade with Professor Brycchan Carey, Northumbria University

It is sometimes said that the Channel Islands had little to do with the slave trade, but recent research has shown that Jersey and Guernsey merchants outfitted ships and invested in slave-trading voyages – while on the other side of the coin, some were active in the campaign to abolish the slave trade. Professor Brycchan Carey will weigh up the evidence and reveal some of the extraordinary stories behind the Islands’ role in the Atlantic slave trade.

Brycchan Carey is a Professor in the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University. He has written extensively on the cultural history of slavery and abolition.