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A Shared History, A Shared Future: Fair Play

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A Shared History, A Shared Futurecelebrates 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade.
Community based groups have been exploring the ways in which slavery in all its forms throughout history has operated, and how it relates to our lives in Birmingham.

Fair Play

A project with Kings Heath Community Centre


Fair Play was the first Shared History, Shared Future event and also the first event of Birmingham Fair Trade Fortnight. It was the culmination of a number of workshops held with each of the participating groups.

On Thursday 15 February Fair Play began at Kings Heath Community Centre (Birmingham City Council). Kings Heath Community Centre Stay and Play Group, Kings Heath Primary Playscheme, Kings Heath African Caribbean Group and Billesley School Playcare joined with local residents and Kings Heath Community Library to celebrate our diversity and explore issues of Fair Trade and Slavery through games and activities. The event was co-ordinated by Pat Rowland, Kings Heath Development Worker (Birmingham City Council), supported by Fair Trade Association Birmingham, Midlands Co-op, local businesses and Birmingham Library Services.



The community centre was attended by over 200 people from under 2s to over 80s. Exhibitions from the event were displayed in the Community Centre and at Kings Heath Community Library.

The African Caribbean Group looked at place names in the West Indies, many of which come from famous anti-slavery campaigners, including Joseph Sturge. They added their own stories and marked special places onto their own custom made map. Other groups made drums and music, looking at the folk music, spirituals and other music about slavery from across the world. The Slave Trading Treasure Trail highlighted our links with the slave trade, using library and City Archives material. Other activities included storytelling, badge making, drama, Fair Trade food tasters from across the world, silhouette and paper face cut outs with messages to the children of the world, many of whom are still employed in child labour.


'The children really learned something today, and had fun doing it! We plan to develop some of the issues with children over the coming year'. Playleader


Find out more about the other projects under the A Shared History, A Shared Future banner.


A Shared History, A Shared Future
Breaking the Chains 2007