Greenwich, London: 15th May - 17th June 2007
DARK HERITAGE was hosted by the Greenwich Foundation at the following address:
Pepys Courtyard (in the grounds of the Visitor Centre)
Old Royal Naval College
Greenwich, London, SE10 9LW
Dark Heritage being constructed in Pepys Courtyard at the Old Royal Naval College
Nick Raynsford MP for Greenwich & Woolwich said:
"As we mark the 200th anniversary of the British Parliament's historic decision to abolish the slave trade, it is appropriate to remind today's young people of the harsh and shocking realities of slavery. So I am delighted to welcome Dark Heritage to Greenwich at the start of it's tour".
Nick Raynsford visiting Dark Heritage in Greenwich on 25th May 2007
A sample of what visitors to Dark Heritage said about their experience on 31st May 2007:
A moving experience in many different senses. Poetry in the dark. Fantastic and scary. Thank you. I'm amazed!
The real fear of that dark; very disorientated. That makes me feel quite emotional. We've all played a part in this, my ancestors, even myself. We all eat sugar, cakes, chocolate, biscuits. We still have slavery today.
Really gives you a feel for what it must have been like on a slave ship. Very interesting perspective. You can tell a lot of hard work went into this project. Good work!
Very well done, personalizes the middle passage terrors and inhumanity. Hearing voices and sounds from around you in the total darkness gives you a feel for the reality of the slave trade.
Very atmospheric and exciting. Extremely well done and moving.
Greenwich Workshop leaders
Haydn Forde Mark Huhnen
A Dark Heritage workshop in progress with James Wolfe Primary School, © Alex Braun
15 May to 17 June: LONDON, The Old Royal Naval College
16 July to 10 August: IPSWICH, St. Nicholas Centre
17 August to 12 September: GLOUCESTER City Museum & Art Gallery
04 October to 29 October: University of Hertfordshire
06 November to 29 November: NORWICH Cathedral
21 January to 15 February 2008: MANCHESTER, Zion Arts Centre