ASUA Launch Event at the British Library
On Tuesday 20th January the British Library hosted the Africa’s Sons Under Arms official launch. The event was opened by Kristian Jensen, the Library’s Head of Collections and Curation. Following on from this the project team (David Lambert and Tim Lockley from the University of Warwick, Phil Hatfield and Beth Cooper from the British Library, together with PhD students Melissa Bennett and Rosalyn Narayan from Warwick) outlined their various research projects as well as plans for wider public engagement; such as events for community groups in London and the West Midlands, public exhibitions, and the production of a KS3 teaching resource.
Phil Hatfield and Beth Cooper kindly arranged some archival material from the British Library’s Caribbean Collections for attendees to view to get a feel for the kinds of source material the various research strands of the project will be using. These materials included J.E. Caulfield’s One Hundred Years’ History of the 2nd West India Regiment and A. Duperly’s Daguerian Excursions in Jamaica.
Attendees at the launch included Her Excellency the High Commissioner for Jamaica, community organisations with an interest in the Caribbean, academics and students from a number of universities, and British Library staff.
The launch was very well attended and there was widespread enthusiasm for the project. It became apparent to everyone on the project team that there are a number of potentially exciting avenues for future collaboration that we will certainly follow up on.
The team would like to thank everyone who came and showed their interest and support, and all the staff at the British Library who helped to ensure that the event was a success.
Over the coming weeks we shall each be blogging about our separate projects- so stay tuned to hear more!