The Hidden Presence initiative was founded by Dr Shawn Sobers, Ruth Hecht and Rob Mitchell in 2009, growing out of the Re:Interpretation research project, in partnership between Firstborn Creatives, National Trust and English Heritage.
Finding out about the fascinating stories of Black people who lived in Britain before the 20th Century, they became inspired to take this work forward and commission creative responses to these untold pieces of history.
To date three key projects have taken place under the Hidden Presence banner, with additional smaller initiatives happening in other sites.
Click on the links in the menu above to find out more about the projects that have taken place.
Partner organisations of Hidden Presence have included:
(in alphabetical order);
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Black Families Education Support Group
Caroline Bressey – The Equiano Centre
Centre for Moving Image Research – UWE
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Local Study Group (Chair – Terry Bracher)
Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography
East Tytherton Heritage Project
Photography Research Group – UWE
University of the West of England, Bristol