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'Exploring Trauma' Click here: if you are interested in the project that we are running on Zoom in July and August 2022.


Last session of BHC Season 6 :

Friday 15th July at 2.00pm UK / 8am in Jamaica

Great session ! Many thanks to all. 

Click here to watch this session: https://youtu.be/6MBFJra_dwY  apologies - this is a bit restricted visually!


Friday 8th July 

Check the link here for the session recording: https://youtu.be/LJWUuPvIoBI


Friday 1st July

This week we welcomed Hilary Brown, CEO of Virgo Consulancy, to share her perspectives on the more recent scandal and the challenges that so many people experienced, as well as continuing to follow other stories that we have been hearing about and seeing June-Elizabeth White-Smith-Gulley's photo's taken at the Windrush Memorial unveiling. Moqapi Selassie also joined us from Tanzania, to continue telling us about his family research and his journey into Rastafari. 

Here is the link to the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM7_sjPr9tM


Friday 24th June

As we continued to reflect on the Windrush Story - Dr Hilary Robertson Hickling, a leading mental health professional from Jamaica joined us to reflect of the impact of the trauma of more recently events in UK, and the centuaries of trauma inflicted on Africans by the British and other European powers.

Check the recording here:




Friday 17th June

We continued to focus on the time that Empire Windrush travelled from Kingston to Tilbury with June Elizabeth White-Smith-Gully sharing her story, as well as exploring other stories and hearing why we must understand this history better, and it was great to catch up with Prof Sir Geoff Palmer, along with other excellent contributions.Thanks to all contributors. 

Recording here in 2 parts: https://youtu.be/KDECgCVyxQo and https://youtu.be/e39pnK73-Gw


Friday 10th June

Here is the link to the recording:  https://youtu.be/mACp_AblM9o


Friday 3rd June 

Recording herehttps://youtu.be/ErppGIKKaoo


Friday 27th May 

74th Anniversary of Departure of Empire Windrush from Kingston

Thanks to everyone who joined the panel to share 'Windrush stories':

Vivian Crawford - Executive Director of the Institute of Jamaica - brought us up to date with the planning which has now started to recognise the 75th Anniversary of the Empire Windrush from Kingston next year and told us a little about the place where the Empire Windrush left on this day 74 years ago. Vivian invited Beverley Lashley, CEO from the Jamaican National Library to join us and we discussed ways we can share the Windrush exhibition that toured Jamaica a few years ago. 

Bill Hern - presented an overview of his research into exploring the stories of those who travelled on the Empire Windrush in 1948, explaining the aims, the need, the existing gaps and the emerging patterns. Bill will also share his book on Mona Baptiste with us. 

June Elizabeth White Smith Gully read from Benjamin Zephiniah's book 'Windrush Child'  

and we welcomed other guests to share their stories and interests: Ina told us a little about her story and promised to share her precious case of memories with us; Moqapi Selassie joined us from Tanzania, to start to share his story as one of 7 children of Jamaican parents - 3 born in Birmingham and 4 who were sent for later. 

Horace Barnes from 'Why are West Indian's Here? introduced himself and he will tell us about WAWIH at another session. 

We also recognised Africa Day 2022, and Prof Sati Fwakshat from Jos University, Nigeria, joined us before we started recording and told us a little about his local history research - more on this as the important project progresses.

For a summary of this week's powerpoint: Click Here  - apologies - not all the links are active!

Recording will be posted here


Dr Velma McClymont joined us to talk about her latest publication: 

'Little River' the first of a trilogy about Reparative Historical Fiction 















The recording is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bfhoO9L_Ko


Friday 13th May at 2.00pm UK - recording to be posted asap














The recording is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKJOHhppF7Y       Recording  No 67 


Friday 6th May 


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