Revealing Histories Redeveloped Website

Website Design and Development: Sumo 
Revealing Histories Chair and Curator/Editor objects: Liz Mitchell, Manchester Art Gallery
Project Co-ordinator and Editor: Dr Katherine Hann
Educational Resources Development: Sophie Martin

Revealing Histories 2007/08 Project Delivery Team

Project Manager: Frankie Mullen
Web Producer: Matt Haworth
Managing Editor and Educational Resources Development: Kooj Chuhan

Writers and Researchers

Editor-in-Chief and Principal Writer: Dr Alan Rice
Dr Alan Rice is Reader in American Cultural Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.
He has published widely in African American Studies and in Ethnic Studies, including editing a collection on 'Bellow and Race' for the Saul Bellow Journal and, with Martin Crawford, the first book of essays on Frederick Douglass's 1845 visit to Britain, Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass and Transatlantic Reform (Georgia UP, 1999). Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic was published by Continuum Press in 2003. His next monograph project on Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool University Press) is in progress. He has published essays in the Journal of American Studies, Research in African Literatures, Atlantic Studies, Patterns of Prejudice, Wasafiri and Current Writing. He is academic advisor to and board member of the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project (STAMP) in Lancaster which was responsible for the commissioning and building of the first British quayside monument to the victims of the slave trade unveiled in Lancaster in October 2005 (it can be viewed here). He is an advisor to museums in Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester.

Writer: Washington Alcott

Washington Alcott comes from Jamaica and works in Manchester as an independent Education Management Professional.

Writer: Kuljit 'Kooj' Chuhan 
A freelance film maker and video/digital media artist with a particular interest in migrant and black arts, activism and grass-roots production, Kooj's work has been screened, exhibited, and published nationally and internationally including Australia, USA, France and Eastern Europe. Recent work includes ‘Resonance' installation shown at ISEA 2000 (Paris), ‘From Punjab To Football' video for Manchester United FC (2001), the touring 'Boundless Sky' 3-screen Asian dance installation (2002), the interactive installation ‘Rekindle' on permanent display at the Manchester Museum and the 'Terminal Frontiers' moving image installations for Virtual Migrants with Keith Piper (national tour 2004-5). Other output includes such films as ‘Raag, Glitter & Chips' and ‘No Trace', published digital media work such as the ‘Meta-Motion' CD-ROM and articles such as for Variant magazine.

Writer: Emma Poulter
Emma Poulter works at the British Museum, London, in the Learning and Audiences Department. She is currently responsible for the development and management of the Museum’s ‘Talking Objects’ programme. In 2008 she completed a PhD at the University of Manchester researching the West African collections at the Manchester Museum.
Emma’s interests lie in promoting new approaches to museum collections, unraveling their connections to histories of collecting, trade and colonialism. She also works as a museum consultant and was the principal researcher for the Revealing Histories: Remembering Slavery pilot project.

Writer: Marika Sherwood
Hungarian-born Marika Sherwood has lived in many parts of the world. In England she taught in schools before undertaking research on aspects of the history of Black peoples in Britain, more particularly the political activists of the past hundred years or so.
In 1991 with colleagues she founded the Black and Asian Studies Association, which campaigns on various issues with a focus on education; she edited the BASA Newsletter until 2007.
She is the author of a number of books and articles; the most recent books are After Abolition (IB Tauris 2007) and Britain, the Slave Trade and Slavery from 1562 to the 1880s (Savannah Press 2007).

Writer: Dominique Tessier
Dominique Tessier is a local historian aiming to promote a more inclusive understanding of Local History. As part of her work, she also delivers workshops showing how to develop cross-cultural content based on museums & galleries collections.
Dominique is involved with Black Arts Alliance (Manchester), Heritage Link Diversity Programme (London), Women Asylum Seekers Together (Manchester) and Moroccan Memories in Britain (London).

Writer: Terry Wyke 
Terry Wyke teaches social and economic history at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has published on various aspects of the history of the Manchester region, and is currently completing, with Alan Kidd, a study of cholera based on the Proceedings of the Manchester Special Board of Health, 1831-2. The study 'Public Sculpture in Greater Manchester' (Liverpool University Press, 2004) was the winner of the Portico Book Prize in 2005. Terry received the MBE for services to local history and higher education in 2007.

Copywriter: Peter Kalu
Peter Kalu is well known as a poet, novelist, playwright and script writer. He started writing as a member of the Moss Side Write black writers workshop and has had five novels, two film scripts and three theatre plays produced to date. In 2002 he won the Kodak/Liverpool Film Festival Award for his script, No Trace. In March 2003 he won the BBC/Contact Theatre's Dangeorus Comedy Script Award for his play, Pants.
He has a degree in Law and further qualifications in software programming, Internet coding (HTML) and Marketing. He runs a Hulme based Carnival Band called Moko Jumbi (Ghosts of the Gods) which takes to the streets at Manchester Carnival every year in July. 


Principal Photographer: Jan Chlebik
Associate Photographer: Paul Cliff 
Additional Photography: Richard Weltman
Image Development and Production: Marshall Walker
Film and Video Makers: John Crumpton; Andy Hershel; Glass Eye Productions; Alfred Mante
Film Editing: John Crumpton; Andy Hershel; Rob Quarterman
Additional Programmer: Ed Cox
'In My Film' Developed and delivered by Reel Mcr.
'In My Film' Slideshow Photography by Paul Cliff.  Produced by Frankie Mullen/Paul Cliff.

Interactive Drama

'This Accursed Thing': Original commission by University of Manchester
Filmed and directed at Workers Film Association by Reel Mcr. Edited by Klaus-Dieter Michel

Online Slavery Trail

Original commission by SuAndi & Black Arts Alliance; Written and delivered by Washington Alcott; Filmed and edited by Alfred Mante

'In Conversation with...' Forum Programme

Forum Programme Concept, Development and Coordination: James Walmsley
Volunteer Coordination: Ehi Oboh
With special thanks to Peter Kalu and Shirley May, Muli Amaye, Alan Rice, Dominique Tessier, Kevin Dalton-Johnson, SuAndi, Dr Emma Poulter, Abi Idowu, Lemn Sissay, Sharon Raymond, Young Identity, John Crumpton, Andy Hershel. 


Consultation will be continued after launch to support further development and user involvement in the site. Revealing Histories would like to thank everyone who has already taken part in the consultation for the legacy website especially staff from Community Arts North West, Arts about Manchester, De Paul Charity, Manchester Youth Volunteering and to Mark Krantz and the pupils of Lostock High School, Loreto Sixth Form College Hulme, Sure Start Rochdale parents, parents and young people from Institute of Gymnastics Gorton, museum and gallery visitors and members of the public who gave their time and views to support its development.

Consultative Panel

Peter Kalu (Amazing Heights); Dr. Alan Rice (University of Central Lancashire); Dinah Winch (Gallery Oldham)
Race Relations Archive: Jackie Ould
Researcher: Emma Poulter

Revealing Histories would like to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to creating the legacy website, in particular the many hundreds of participants and contributors throughout the project whose creativity and engagement are at the heart of what this permanent resource offers as the primary legacy of Greater Manchester's response to the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Act, 2007.

A particular thank you to the volunteer researchers who helped carry out the initial research which contributed to the pilot project report: Paula Allen, Molly Barnard, Laura Breen, Claire Corrin, Susan Fitzpatrick, Jill Malusky and Caroline Trutman.

Revealing Histories would like to thank Heritage Lottery Fund and Renaissance North West for funding this project. And MLA North West for financially supporting the development of the Evaluation. Special thanks to Karen Whitwood, Heritage Lottery Fund.