Tag Archives: colonialism

What was a colony?

The world is talking about colonies/former colonies and colonialism in relation to the monarchy at the moment. We thought it might help explain more and will use the example of Barbados, so deeply colonised it became known as “Little England”. Remember at its height the British Empire comprised 57 colonies from neighbours like Ireland to […]

The importance of remembering the forgotten fallen.

Content warning: Historic use of racist language and stereotypes. War. Author: Dr Karen Lockney You may have seen the following Facebook post from the British Legion which states, ‘This rumour circulates every single year, and every single year it has been completely untrue. No communities have banned the selling of the poppy at Remembrance or […]

The slave trade was hundreds of years ago, why does it matter to Britain today?

If you went to a British school, chances are you learned about the Industrial Revolution; the Spinning Jenny, James Watt and the industrialisation of our towns and cities like Manchester becoming Cottonopolis. You almost definitely won’t have learnt that James Watt once sold slaves as a trafficker. You may just recall being told that the […]

MANDABI: Cinema presented in partnership with Brewery Arts

20:30 15 JULY BOOK NOW Set in Dakar, Mandabi tells the story of Ibrahim and the transformative effect that a 25,000 franc money order from his nephew in Paris has on his fortunes. Word quickly travels about his new found wealth, while a thousand bureaucratic obstacles stand in the path between him and his money. Ibrahim, […]