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Birmingham City Council

A Shared History, A Shared Future: Making Changes

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

Making Changes

A project with Wilkes Green Infants

Racism and prejudice are issues as important now as they ever have been.

Year 1 at Wilkes Green Infants and drama worker Rebecca Hemmings looked at our own identities, and how we express ourselves. We then explored why people migrate, and how we can live and work together.


Throughout the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela, people of Birmingham protested.

Children learned the role their parents played in changing the world for the better. The children responded naturally to the injustice of Nelsons Mandela imprisonment for 27 years. ‘Was he an old man when he left prison?’

We looked at how people from Birmingham and across the world stood up and challenged the apartheid system in South Africa.

Prejudice and racism have hidden slavery now and in the past. A presentation to parents and other children at the school ended asking ‘How can we make a difference?’

How has this project made a difference? ‘Everyone should know about slavery’. Misunderstanding, prejudice and racism should be challenged by all of us.


Find out more

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