Historicising and reconnecting rural community: Black presences and the legacies of slavery and colonialism in rural Britain, c.1600-1939

 

Principal Investigator: Dr Susanne Seymour, School of Geography, University of Nottingham
Co-investigators: Dr Lowri Jones, School of Geography, University of Nottingham
Duration: From 2012 to 2013

The project entitled ‘Historicising and reconnecting rural community: Black presences and the legacies of slavery and colonialism in rural Britain, c.1600-1939’ involved both scoping and outreach activities. It ran from February 2012 to October 2013. Dr Lowri Jones worked with Susanne Seymour on the project.
The research seeks to challenge conventional views of rural spaces and communities by considering the historical impacts of slavery and colonialism on the British countryside and their implications today. It reviewed existing knowledge of slavery and colonial legacies in the countryside and assessed their impacts on rural communities. An archival scoping study of these issues was also undertaken for the East Midlands and East Anglia, previously neglected areas and interactive maps created for the counties of Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Angus as part of the showcasing activities associated with the project. In addition, a series of four outreach workshops involving academics, heritage and museum professionals, NGOs and wider publics were held to exchange information and reflect on the issues surrounding public representation of such histories. Two of these workshops were themed around country estates and rural textiles.
The project’s advisory group included a range of academic, government agency, NGO and public expertise.