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Human Rights: Morley Threads, Backlit

21.11.2015, 12:00 am5:00 pm

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Morley-CoverThreads by Matthew Chesney (Director of Backlit and Morley Programme) 1pm – 2pm, FREE.

The talk will feature the highlights of the project and the ‘threads’ that have been established between people, objects and historical research. Matthew will present perspectives of the contemporary relevance of Samuel Morley and his forward-thinking approach to social activism and that has subsequently become an integral part of Backlit’s ethos as an organisation.

Samuel Morley: Connections with African Heritage by Norma Gregory (Local Historian and Community Journalist). 3pm – 4pm FREE.

The talk will focus on the abolitionist beliefs of Samuel Morley, his support of freed American slave Josiah Henson and key anti slavery movements in Nottingham in the 18th and 19th century (Nottingham Society for the Abolition of Slavery). Norma will also talk about her recent heritage project surrounding the life of George Africanus, an African slave who secured his freedom and built a thriving business in Nottingham in the 18th Century.

Gallery: 12pm – 5pm preview event and Threads exhibition.

The Morley Threads launch brings together all the connections and developments of The Samuel Morley Programme and celebrates the newfound associations, research and relevance to an important legacy of a forgotten local hero. The Morley Threads launch will provide a series of talks and events that explore Samuel Morley’s radical approach to social activism, human rights and industry, which include;

Backlit’s ‘Threads’ archive featuring digitized Morley artefacts, oral histories and video interviews from Morley factory workers.

Hot Knife have create an immersive in-house gaming environment that will recreate the history of Alfred House in the late 19th Century as a working cotton-spinning factory for I&R Morley in a unique Virtual Reality experience.

A community fashion show from young people in the local area.

Photographic exhibition of buildings and monuments in Nottingham relating Samuel Morley taken by workshop participants.

A physical display of Backlit’s Morley artefacts relating to Samuel Morley and I&R Morley from the 19th – 21st


12:00 am–5:00 pm


0115 837 2426
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Backlit Gallery
First Flloor, Alfred House, Ashley Street
Nottingham, NG3 1JG
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0115 837 2426
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