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Soon to launch after months of toil is:

Book Cover - Design by Derek Edwards/Patwa

Book Cover - Design by Derek Edwards/Patwa

Myths, Facts & Feelings – Bristol and transatlantic slavery.

In an effort to respond to views in the communities across Bristol on the subject of transatlantic slavery, this 40 page booklet represents a cathartic journey. Through community research, consultation and commissioning; with academic guidance and creative application, this project has materialised as this small publication.

Myths, Facts and Feelings offers knowledge, ideas and questions toward a more mature understanding of the undervalued history and legacy of transatlantic slavery.  From the viewpoint of one city in the West of England, we see how a past reflects on our present and how it can be harnessed to determine our future – in Bristol and around the world.

The launch takes place on 29th November 2010 in Bristol.

Produced by Firstborn Studios

Design by Patwa

Published by Bristol Race Forum / Community Media SW

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The Culture Clash franchise rolls on.  Jamaicans in Bristol in the latest in the line of films that begin circa 2005. The first film was commissioned to look at conflicts between Somali and Caribbean heritage young men in the area. (An issue that has had history though does not prove to be a endemic problem. )

The first film (itself in 3 parts on youtube – this links to part one of that only)  produced back in 2006, worked with local young music talent to make an extended music video. Though there was always more wanted from a cinematic outlet. The people taking part were hungy to say more, to express their ideas, dreams and frustrations in music, drama and more filmmaking opportunities.

Culture Clash II – On the front line is more about Jamaican’s in Bristol The mantle was taken up by another St Pauls’ based company who have now built on ther story. Culture Clash II – On the front line now as a first part/trailer  published on myspace. This looks like intersting study and film, featuring some people who go back a long way into life in Bristol for African-Caribbeans.

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It’s a blow to the cultural “offer” of the city that the Commonwealth museum is moving to London.  In it’s short time in Bristol it has hosted a wealth of exhibitions and events that have aimed to raise poignant questions for the whole city; for those born here and for those born elsewhere.

That said, there are also people in the city that have refused to even step inside due to it’s name, that won’t be sad to see it go.  It also came under criticism for it’s use of “smiley ethnic faces” in it’s publicity campaigns and posters for exoticising “others” and glossing over the brutality of much of the colonisation era.  In my view the museum would never be able to please all the people all the time and I feel it did it’s best to reflect the historical context of the British Empire in a balanced way; at times it’s exhibitions didn’t go far enough and in other times it was spot on.  I personally will be sad to see it go as at least it kept certain issues on the radar, and if they were not always agreed with, at least they could be debated. 

As for the name, I think it is more accurate and apt than most other “British” museums in the country, whose big attractions are mummies from Egypt and marbles from Greece. 

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