8 October 2020

Late lunch talk: Building Shared Futures – a Bristol-Nairobi partnership

Following the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year, attention has rightly been focussed on the role of empire in contributing to the racism which still blights our society today.

In the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection at Bristol Archives we hold hundreds of thousands of photos, films, documents and objects which tell the story of empire. They shed light on many different aspects of a challenging period of history:  oppression, exploitation, courage and creativity.

Our mission is to increase access to the material in our care so that people worldwide can examine difficult, forgotten and hidden histories from their own perspectives.

One way in which we have been doing this is through the Building Shared Futures partnership, which links universities and heritage institutions in Bristol and Nairobi.

This talk outlines the story of the project so far, our hopes for its future and how we would love to use it as a pilot for working with other places elsewhere in the world.

It is illustrated by a fascinating selection of archive images, which are finally being made available to the communities whose land and lives they depict.

Speaker: Nicky Sugar, archivist

This event is part of our Black History Month programme.

How to take part

This free online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 8 October.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.


With thanks to our Equality and Diversity programme sponsor: UWE Bristol.

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