Hidden history to be revealed at talk

Black Poppies SUS-150810-063721001

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The hidden story of Britain’s black community during the Great War will be revealed in the second annual Heritage Forum in Hastings next week.

The free event is being hosted by the University of Brighton at the Hastings campus on October 15 from 10am - 4pm. in partnership with Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and Women’s Voice.

The community are invited to join academics and local historians in discussing historical research.

Featuring guest speaker Stephen Bourne, author of the award-winning book, Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Community and the Great War, this year’s event will uncover some of the hidden histories and untold stories lying behind the traditional narrative usually associated with the Great War.

Described by The Independent as ‘a powerful, revelatory counterbalance to the whitewashing of British history’, Bourne’s work enriches historical understanding of this neglected aspect of the First World War.

Other speakers will include Ann Kramer, who has published works around conscientious objectors and Dr Nicola Smith, who teaches on the university’s social history degree.

The forum will also provide an opportunity to find out more about a Heritage Lottery project currently being run by Hastings Museum. Hastings Remembers: Local Stories of the First World War is an ambitious programme of community engagement, public activities and exhibitions revolving around local historical sources and life writings related to the Great War.

The Forum includes refreshments. Visit http://bit.ly/heritage15 to book or for further information.

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