The Other Georgian Story

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The Other Georgian Story

Glimpse into the parallel lives of black people living in the Caribbean, the Americas and Georgian Britain, ‘invisible’ to Kentian society against a backdrop of Enlightenment, the transatlantic slave trade, and the Industrial Revolution.

View films; take part in a hands-on sugar campaign workshop with artist Jackie Mwanza; listen to historian Rovianne Matovu talk on representations of Africans during enslavement; take a self-directed tour and explore Africans in the collections, and experience a modern day opera that re-imagines the life of Dido Elizabeth Lindsay (Belle), by Shirley J. Thompson, Reader in Music at University of Westminster, featuring the soprano Abigail Kelly.

Part of the William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain exhibition season at the V&A, London

FREE, DROP-IN (note that the TICKETED programme for this event is now FULL!)
Friday 20 June, 18.30 – 22.00
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London

Keep an eye out for forthcoming events and workshops at the V&A in July & August:

Tartan: Cross-cultural Heritage Workshop
£15, £10 concessions
Wednesday 23 July, 13.00 – 17.00
£15, £10 concessions
Discover the history of tartan and the legacy of its influence on madras fabrics used in the Caribbean and the shukas blankets worn by the Maasai (Masai) in Kenya. Examine cross-cultural connections and design your own personal tartan using the colours of your national flag.
Tartan: Its Journey through the African Diaspora is funded by the Heritage Lottery through the Our Heritage Initiative

Living Legends – The Clark Brothers
Friday 22 August, 18.30 – 22.00
£5, no concessions
A stellar night with Steve Clarke, whose tap dancing career with brother Jimmy spanned eight decades. They shared the stage with Josephine Baker, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles, and were regulars on Sunday Night at the Palladium for almost 20 years.
Living Legends is a Positive Steps project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Tartan: The Wrap Event
Friday 12 September, 18.30 – 21.30
Free, drop-in
Discover the journey of tartan across Scotland, the Caribbean and Africa through the work of the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD). View the documentary resulting from CIAD’s field research and be captivated by a performance that brings together elements of each culture’s traditional dance forms and costumes.
Tartan: Its Journey through the African Diaspora is funded by the Heritage Lottery through the Our Heritage Initiative