Activating the Archive: Hidden Histories Workshop at Oxford City Farm

Saturday 23 July, 10.00 - 11.30. 

1998 304 5 202 o

Oxford City Farm, Cornwallis Road, Oxford OX4 3NH

Book your free place here.

How are colonial practices of the past still affecting sustainability in the present? Join this discussion and knowledge-sharing workshop to explore this pressing question in interactive ways, getting to the heart of research currently taking place across Africa and the UK. All welcome. Free but booking essential.

Join the Activating the Archive team at Oxford City Farm as we think through some of the following questions using museum objects, talks and interactive activities (refreshments provided):

  • There are so many climate change issues facing the world today. How did colonialism play a role in this?
  • What sort of crops were growing in East Africa in the colonial period (1890s-1940s)? What crops were growing in Britain during the colonial period? Did people all over the world drink coffee in the 1890s?
  • How did colonial policies change the way people grazed livestock and farmed their land, and what land they had access to?
  • What do the Pitt Rivers Museum archives tell us about how people in East Africa grew crops and used plants to make fishing traps and boats?
  • How can we work together to create more sustainable futures, learning from the past?

The research team and community partners would love to bring their work to Oxford audiences (and beyond!) and hear from new people about their ideas for sustainability in the present and possibilities for the future.

Activating the Archive is an AHRC/NERC project funded by a grant of £125,000 as part of the Hidden Histories of Environmental Science: Acknowledging legacies of race, social injustice and exclusion to inform the future programme.

Principal Investigator: Dr Ashley Coutu (Pitt Rivers Museum)

Co-Investigator: Dr Tabitha Kabora (University of York)

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