Do you require a detective to collate the history of your organisation, undertake research for a historical project?
Being a historian is like being a detective, gathering historical data from archives, newspapers, diaries, and conducting oral and visual research to assemble the pieces of a jigsaw to slowly reveal and tell a story or present a new or different narrative.
The names of Oscar Wilde, Percy Shelly, Bill Clinton, C.S.Lewis, and Margaret Thatcher are all associated with the University of Oxford but what about its black scholars? Presenting a new narrative was the catalyst behind the establishing of Black Oxford Untold Stories.
Black Oxford Untold Stories celebrate the University of Oxford's black scholars' contributions and legacies from the turn of the 20th century to the present day to illustrate a new narrative to the traditional narratives and visual imagery associated with the University.
Further information about Black Oxford Untold Stories lectures and creative projects can be found at www.blackoxford.net.
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CURRENT AND PAST PROJECTS
I am delighted to bring my Eccles Centre Fellowship research, Passive Adornments or Progressive Advocates, based on the contributions of four African American women from the Washington black elite. C 1900, ‘alive'. In 2021, audiences will be invited to:
Historian and consultant for the upcoming Forty Elephants 2021. An immersive theatre production telling the story of Alice Diamond in 1920s Elephant and Castle, London.
The Colonial Connections at Hanbury Hall
I was commissioned by the Colonial Countryside Project/National Trust to research colonial links at Hanbury Hall, Droitwich Spa, Birmingham. I investigated Admiral Vernon, the War of Jenkins Ear, William Hogarth and his engraving series, the Harlot's Progress and a pair of blackamoor torchiers, and whether, as sensitive objects, they should be on display at the Hall.
My report, as part of a workshop with members from a range of National Trust properties, presented various approaches to displaying the sensitive objects in the National Trust Collection at National Trust properties.
'Pamela has a great track record and she did not disappoint. Her research was comprehensive and wide-ranging and her report really helped the relevant heritage professionals think through the colonial history of the country house concerned. Pamela went the extra mile every time and was truly committed to this project as well as giving a great presentation to heritage specialists at the end of the process.’ Professor Corinne Fowler, University of Leicester and Global Connections Fellow at the National Trust (2019-2020).