Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
277 Bancroft Rd,
Exhibition and Events
Talk: Sea of Contradictions – Black Seafarers in the Royal Navy
Thursday 11 January 2018, 6:30 – 7:30pm
While Britain was becoming the largest trafficker in human lives across the Atlantic, the Royal Navy was simultaneously the world’s largest employer of free African labour.
This talk by S.I. Martin will seek to establish the origins, status and significance of this workforce and how their experiences aboard ship and ashore contributed to Black revolutionary thought across the Atlantic World and to the beginnings of multi-ethnic communities across the British Isles.
S. I. Martin is a published author and has worked as a journalist for The Voice and Bulletin. He has also curated archive-based exhibitions and projects for numerous organisations including the National Gallery, English Heritage, the National Maritime Museum, the Imperial War Museum, and the Black Cultural Archives among many others. This event is free and no booking is required.
Artist’s talk with Q&A
Thursday 18 January, 6:00-7:30pm
In the exhibition’s final week, all are welcome to join a free tour of the exhibition with its artist Basil Olton. The tour will begin at 6.30pm. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and network with others interested in researching and representing Black hidden histories in arts and archives.
Exhibition finale: I am Chris Jones
Saturday 20 January, 2:30-4:30pm
In November 2017 a group of local young people attended an audio and video workshop inspired by the exhibition’s themes and content, facilitated by Mile End Community Project. Their experience was made into a 1 minute trailer for the exhibition, and several audio pieces which are now installed as part of it. We hope to welcome the participants at this finale event—check back for details soon.