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A Shared History, A Shared Future: Protest

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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.


A project with Four Dwellings Primary School

The project started with a visit to Quinton Library

Alison Laitner from Birmingham City Archives had prepared a range of materials and activities exploring the ways people form Birmingham have protested in the past. We ran a series of games and exercises to experiment with different forms of protest.

Four Dwellings Primary Year 6 took those images and means of protest, and worked with storyteller Graham Langley and musician Andy Casserley to produce their own protest about an issue they felt strongly about.

One class looked at litter and one at war. The participants worked hard to produce banners, placards, songs, badges and a performance based on their protest in a week.

Birmingham has a rich tradition of protest, and through abolitionists like Joseph Sturge and Joseph Priestley, and many other more recent campaigners, Birmingham people have raised awareness and successfully brought about change.

Protest is about telling people what you think.

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

Archives in Central Library - Information for Young People
A Shared History, A Shared Future
Breaking the Chains 2007