Global Cotton Connections: East meets West in the Derbyshire Peak District
This blog offers a forum for discussion of ideas and issues relating to the Global Cotton Connections project, which runs from February 2014 to April 2015. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Connected Communities programme, it seeks to examine the global histories and legacies of cotton in the UK’s Derbyshire Peak District through archival research and active engagement with local communities and community based groups, including those of BME heritage. Supported by the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the project is using new archival research into cotton supplies and product use, including links to slavery, to inform collaborative work with two local community-based groups from different heritage backgrounds: (i) members of the Hindu Samaj Sheffield, a Sheffield Hindu cultural group and (ii) the Slave Trade Legacies volunteers, an inner city Nottingham group of African Caribbean heritage. The blog explores the main themes of this research, reports new information from the archives, and offers updates on our activities.
The project is supported by: