Birmingham City Council

A Shared History, A Shared Future: Trading Places

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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.

Trading Places

A project with St Michael Church of England Junior and Infants School

St Michaels Church of England Junior and Infants School were interested in exploring issues of identity and travel with their Year 6 group.

Drama worker Rebecca Hemmings and Adisa Folarin from Connecting Histories, explored issues of identity and travel. What might you take with you if you had to move? Why do people leave countries, and what happens when you arrive in a new country?


We used games and drama, making cameos, slow motion and short drama pieces to examine their own thoughts about stereotypes and identity.

The group then worked to produce their own script and performed it themselves to an audience of their parents, the school and visitors.


The Year 3, 4 and 5 drama group also worked with drama teacher Jennifer Smith, supported by singer Marcella Erskine, to produce their own short drama piece about the underground railroad and Harriet Tubman.

‘I liked it on the stage. It was about us as well as slaves.’


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