Embark on a journey across seas, oceans and rivers that revives the shared histories between Tyneside and the West Indies. This interactive and multimedia exhibit charts the “lost” connections between the two regions through artworks, images, sounds, and performances. Add your own memories to our story-telling booth (20-25 November) and join us as we explore history in the making - from slaves and the Caribbean seamen who fought in two world wars, to the sailors who left the North East to cross the Atlantic Ocean and more recent travelers, plus all those who loved them and lived alongside them.
Tyneside boasts a proud maritime heritage, but its history of connection with the West Indies has all but vanished from today’s memories. This exhibition and oral history project will encourage new interpretations of Tyneside’s history of international migration often hidden by the region’s reputation as the “whitest” area in the country. Emphasizing the routes, histories and personal accounts that have long linked the Caribbean to Tyneside, the exhibit asks: what memories, objects and understandings of this history remain in the North East? What has been lost? And what can we learn from our history as a maritime region? As such, the project raises awareness of the legacy of Britain’s slavery and colonial history, as well as historical and contemporary accounts of mobility, belonging, and citizenship – all relevant in today’s multi-cultural society.
This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK's only national festival of the humanities, taking place 17-25 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org
Time: The exhibit will run 9-26 November and will have free entrance 20-25 November. Open 10.00-17.00 daily.
Location: Old Low Light, Clifford's Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields NE30 1JA
published on: 10 August 2017