UWTSD Library and Learning Resources marks Black History Month


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Library and Learning Resources will mark Black History Month 2021 through a series of events to acknowledge, raise awareness and promote the vast contributions people of Black African and Caribbean descent have made to the UK and world history.

The design for a new kind of sugar mill by Edward Woollery, an eighteenth century slave-owner from Jamaica.

From October 1st, a special online exhibition called ‘Sugar’ will be available to access through the library website. The exhibition examines how sugar cane became the major product of the new plantations in the Caribbean during the 17th century.

Hundreds of thousands of enslaved people were transported from Africa so that Europeans could have sugar and rum. By 1800, Britain was importing 245 000 tons of sugar every year. The exhibition also gives an idea of how sugar was cultivated and milled.

 A range of texts written in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries will feature in the exhibition.

Over the past year, the Library and Learning Resources team have been investing in new digital resources which included a subscription to Box of Broadcasts which UWTSD students and staff members can access and create playlists of TV shows, Films, and Radio shows which have aired on British TV.

For Black History Month, a UWTSD Box of Broadcasts playlist will be released with programmes and films that will be of interest to those who want to learn about and celebrate Black History. The playlist will be released on the Library and Learning resources social media channels.  

Each term, the Library and Learning Resources run the #OffTheShelf campaign where books are left for staff and students to find around campus. The found books are to be taken home and read, in the hope that copies will be passed on and there’s even a space in each book for the finder to leave a review. For this term, the theme will be based on Black History Month. A sneak peek of the books will be given in advance with clues as to when the book fairies will be delivering them. The #OffTheShelf campaign will be happening on all campuses this year.

Alison Harding, Executive Head of Library & Learning Resources said: “Black History Month is about taking 31 days out of 365 to celebrate the contribution Black Britons have made, and continue to make, to our nation. It is an opportunity to say Black History is British History. The LLR values talk of respect and equity, and by marking BHM we are ensuring our actions support these values, whilst also recognising we still have much work to do to ensure all voices and stories are reflected in our collections and wider services.”

For more information regarding these events, please visit the Library and Learning Resources website and social media channels.

Note to Editor

Image credit:

(Edwards, Bryan (1801). The history, civil and commercial, of the British colonies in the West Indies etc)

Further Information

Lowri Thomas, Principal Communications and PR Officer

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