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BHC Season 12 Speakers

12 04 24   Atinuka has agreed to join us to talk about her latest book:

Atinuka's latest book - via Bloomsbury agent Grace Ball

On 5 Feb 2024, at 9:55 pm, atinuke.co.uk wrote:

Dear Liz,

Thank you for your lovely email! It warmed my heart!

I’m looking forward to our conversation on the 12th. And I am very interested in the exchange visits you are organising to Nigeria. I would love to know more! 

The Ake Festival sounds great - I’ve always wanted to attend - and even had an invitation - but having kids at school in Wales has so far always got in the way!

Do send me more information.

Best wishes,


PS Much love to Tilly and the Ferny Creek Atinuke Fan Club 😆😆😆


(9am in NY and 2pm your time)

19 04 24  Professor Celia Naylor - Research on the story of Rose Hall 
- Africana Studies and History and Chair of the Africana Studies Department at Barnard College, Columbia University.

recording of the discussion after the talk you gave recently about ‘Unsilencing Slavery - Telling the truth about Rose Hial':


26 4 24 Alan 

The Truth About Empire   -  Foreword by Sathnam Sanghera

Sharp, authoritative essays on the dark realities of Empire and the true historian’s importance for democracy, amid history’s appropriation by apologists, racists and culture warriors.

I am Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Sussex in the UK and Adjunct Professor of History at La Trobe University in Australia.

I have been researching, writing about and teaching the British Empire for over thirty years.

My aim is to bring the evidence-based and curiosity driven approach of academic historians to bear in what has become a politicised struggle over the legacies of the British Empire.


3 05 24  Lamesha and Joseph Farquason


10 05 24 Simon Ferrigno - Jacob Wainwright's story of bringing David Livingstone's body back to UK 


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and possible ask Dr Richard Andrerson to speak about his Slave stories project


and well as inviting Dr Hilary Slack +  Kettering Link re: William and Mary Knibb


From Rose:

Dr Christine Checinska, V&A Senior Curator,(Africa and Diaspora, Fashion at the V&A) - Brish Jamaican: 

SUBJECT: The relationship between cloth, culture and race


Josephine Small, Coordinator, V&A

Was key participant in a ‘Black Joy’ day at the Museum. 

SUBJECT: ‘Claudia Jones’, Trinidadian activist and journalist 


Jacqueline Springer, Curator

SUBJECT: ‘Winifred Atwell’, jazz pianist, musician and entertainer 


Dr Michael McMillan, painter, writer, playwright - born to parents from St Vincent and the Grenadines

SUBJECT: ‘The West Indian Front Room’


Thomas J Price, sculptor

Responsible for the Mary Seacole sculpture by St Thomas Hospital and larger than life black woman sculpture outside the V&A

SUBJECT:  His life and work?

These are people whose work I know or whose talks I have been able to hear at events in the Museum. 


Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of V&A East. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE, Director of V&A East

Dr Casely-Hayford joined the V&A as Director of V&A East in March 2020. He is a curator and cultural historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on culture, having presented a number of series for Sky, BBC radio and television and other channels. Formerly Executive Director of Arts Strategy, Arts Council England, (Britain’s major Art’s funder) and Ex-Director of the Institute of International Contemporary Art, he has offered leadership to both large and medium scale organizations including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. He has served on the boards of many cultural institutions, including the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. Gus has lectured widely on culture, including periods at Sotheby’s Institute, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck, City University, University of Westminster and SOAS. He has advised national and international bodies on heritage and culture including the United Nations and the Canadian, Dutch and Norwegian Arts Councils. In 2005 he deployed these leadership, curatorial, fundraising, communications skills to organize the biggest celebration of Africa Britain has ever hosted when more than 150 organizations put on over 1000 exhibitions and events.


Gus gained a PhD from SOAS and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship. He is a Cultural Fellow of King’s College London

Photo on Rose's email - 23 2 24

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