The Project Team

Project Leads

Cheryl Bowen, Community Education Manager, Hackney Museum

Cheryl has worked for Hackney Museum for the past 6 years on a number of community engagement projects and activities including Abolition ‘07, Journeys of Change and Mapping the Change Heritage Lottery Funded project. She has worked as a Senior Youth Worker, Arts Development Officer in local authorities and charity settings for the past 18 years. She will be supported by Hackney Museum Heritage Manager Tahlia Coombs, Hackney Museum Manager Niti Acharya, Hackney Archives Access and Outreach Officer Elizabeth Green and Hackney Museum Schools and Families Learning Officers Emma Winch and Emily Jost.

Kate Donington, History, UCL

Kate Donington received a BA in English Literature and History (2005) and an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies (2007) from the University of Leeds. She worked for the Imperial War Museum, London for two years before leaving to pursue her doctoral research. Her thesis examined the role and representation of the West India merchants in London during the period of abolition. She was awarded her doctorate in 2013 and has since become a Research Associate on the second phase of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project. Her research examines the structures and significance of British slave-ownership in Jamaica between 1763 and 1833. She is interested in the public representation of traumatic histories.

Kristy Warren, History, UCL

Kristy Warren completed her PhD at the University of Warwick in 2012 and is a Research Associate on the second phase of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project. Her thesis investigated the extent to which the positions taken by Bermudian politicians and social commentators, concerning the question of independence in the British Overseas Territory, are informed by their lived experiences and understandings of the island’s past. She previously worked at The National Archives in Kew on a Heritage Lottery Funded cataloguing and outreach project entitled Your Caribbean Heritage. She is interested in the ways in which people remember, interpret, and value the past.

Community Adviser

As part of making this project a partnership between higher education, museums and archives and the community we have received advice from a community representative. When dealing with a sensitive historical subject we have found that multiple perspectives are vital in producing something that reflects the need and views of the wider community.

Toyin Agbetu, Community Adviser

Toyin Agbetu is a community educator, film maker, artist-activist, and founder of Ligali, a pan African human rights based organisation that challenges the misrepresentation of African people, culture and history in the British media. He is the author of Ukweli – A Political and Spiritual Basis for Pan Africanism and promotes a collaborative African philosophy dedicated to community development. In 2013 he co-curated Hackney Museums’ award winning Sankofa exhibition on the history of African History Month. His latest film, BEAUTY IS… (2014) explores the ideology and politics of beauty through his lens as an African-centred philosopher.

Project Interns

 As part of the project we have recruited two paid interns. The Research Intern is responsible for producing high quality research into the links between Hackney, slave-ownership, abolition and the black presence during the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Using the LBS database, Hackney Museum and Archives Collection, as well as secondary source material the Research Intern will examine the history of slavery and abolition in the local area. The Education Intern will use the material generated by the Research Intern to develop teacher’s notes and facilitate consultation / resource development activities in partnership with secondary schools and supplementary schools.

Mike Watson, Research Intern

Michael Watson is a Postgraduate student studying an MA in History at UCL. He completed a BA in History at the University of Southampton last year and is currently pursuing his research interests in Atlantic history and British social and cultural history at MA level. For his dissertation he is researching and analysing links between the foundation of King’s College London and those who received financial compensation for freed enslaved people, in the context of the work already done by the LBS project in connections between transatlantic slavery and British cultural institutions. This intersects with a broader interest in the role of education in British society and as a volunteer working within schools in Hackney.

Charlie Morgan, Education Intern

Charlie Morgan completed a BA in International History and International Politics at the University of Sheffield in 2010; in his dissertation he studied in depth a post-apartheid social movement of shackdwellers in South Africa. Since graduating he has worked as an oral historian and tour guide at a number of museum and heritage sites and has continued research into ideas of race, class and neighbourhood. In 2013 he worked at Hackney Museum on a project called ‘Hackney Remembers’ in which he, alongside two KS2 school groups, curated a travelling exhibition on the history of the borough during World War 1.

 Teaching Advisory Panel

We have been working alongside teachers to produce an education pack, film and creative writing workshops.

Lucy Capes, Workshops in Schools partner.

Lucy is a history teacher at Hackney B-Six College in Clapton. She is working in partnership with the project to deliver the ‘Workshops in Schools’ part of the project.

Kathryn Gayton, Workshops in Schools partner.

Kathryn is Head of History at Our Lady’s Convent High School, Stamford Hill. She has been consulting with the project throughout on the development of resources for the Key Stage 3 education resource. She is also a partner for the ‘Workshops in Schools’ element of the project.

John Siblon, Key Stage 4 Teaching Consultant

John teaches History at City and Islington Sixth Form College. He is keenly interested in the remembrance and commemoration of Africans and Caribbeans in British history. His published work includes, ‘A Mistaken Case of Identity’, History Workshop Journal 52, Autumn 2001, pp. 253-260; ‘”Monument Mania”? Public Space and the Black and Asian Presence in the London Landscape’ in Paul Ashton and Hilda Kean (Eds.), People and their Pasts: Public History Today (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 146-162. He is currently researching a part-time PhD at Birkbeck College on the cultural history of the African and Caribbean contributions to the two world wars.