Morley ‘Threads’

Over the past 6 months Backlit Gallery, near Sneinton Leisure Centre, has been combining Art & Heritage along a theme titled ‘Morley Threads’. The Gallery is in a former Morley building and the director Matthew Chesney was very keen to promote the heritage of the building and the Morley family connection. He discovered that Samuel Morley was one of a group of London business people who invited Josiah Henson, a slave who escaped to freedom via Canada, to visit London and to undertake a series of lectures about his life to further the cause of emancipation. The gallery organised a Morley Threads double-weekend last November. It included a series of historical talks by various contributors, including Professor Stanley Chapman and a guided walk around the local area.

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