Research Then and Now

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In this seminar, Lorna Holder will talk about how her research findings into the cultural and social issues of multi-cultural Britain were translated into six Heritage Lottery Funded projects which consisted of exhibitions, plays, documentaries and learning packs.

  • From: Thursday 6 June 2019, 12 pm
  • To: Thursday 6 June 2019, 2 pm
  • Location: N51, Newton Building, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ

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Abstract

Lorna will talk about how her research findings into the cultural and social issues of multi-cultural Britain were translated into six Heritage Lottery Funded projects which consisted of exhibitions, plays, documentaries and learning packs. These various projects culminated in the writing of Style in My DNA, a book which documents seventy years of British Caribbean fashion.

The research focus (2003-2018) was mainly into the experiences and contributions of Caribbean people in Britain: Living under One Roof deals with Caribbean migrants arriving in Britain during Windrush era and the tensions and celebrations of communal living. The Ones We Left Behind examines the decisions made by Caribbean and people of other communities in leaving their homelands and the impact on loved ones left behind. Moving Out is an investigation into the contribution of Caribbeans to industries in Nottingham during the 1950s/60s.

The research also investigated the views of the host community who saw large groups of Caribbean people arriving in Britain after the Second World War: these findings are discussed in  Building Bridges, while Hanging Out concentrates on youth culture during the 1950s/60s: fashion, music, sport, film and entertainment. A three-year research and conservation project, Jamaica Hidden Histories, explores Jamaica’s distinctive cultural identity, and how over fifty years, Jamaica has become a recognisable and global brand in the business world. All seven projects amplify the importance of research into cultural and social history, then and now.

Biography

LORNA HOLDER: Born in Jamaica but raised in Nottingham (UK), Lorna has more than 35 years’ experience at executive level in the fashion and retail industries, cultural events and the visual and performing arts. She graduated in 1975 from Nottingham Trent University with BA Honours in Fashion & Textiles. She went on to work in the Middle East, New York and London in fashion and retail. She worked as a designer for the Birmingham-based design company House of Lerose and was head of fashion during the 1970s and1980s for Davies & Fields, one of Britain’s largest dress manufacturing companies.

Lorna was the executive producer for the first Black Film & Television Awards held in 2002 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane. She has delivered six Heritage Lottery Fund productions, based on research and oral histories of Caribbean people and other communities in Britain and has also collaborated with the V&A, British Museum, Rich Mix, BFI, Theatre Royal Nottingham and London Metropolitan Archives. In 2018 Lorna wrote the book, Style in My DNA, documenting 70 years of British Caribbean fashion. She is the Associate Producer for the feature film Nine Nights, selected for Pan African Film Festival in Los Angles, February 2019. Lorna’s Business Archives are held at the London Metropolitan Archives.  Lorna is a member of the Board of Governors for Nottingham Trent University, and is the managing director of Full Spectrum and Tuareg Productions.

Further information

This seminar will be hosted by Professor Eiluned Edwards, Professor of Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress.

Attendance at this event is free. For any queries, please contact Professor Eiluned Edwards.

Image credit: Meryl Bowden (2009), copyright Tuareg Productions Ltd

Programme

TimingsProgramme
12:00 - 12:30Light lunch
12:30 - 13:30Talk from Lorna Holder
13:30 - 14:00Q & A
14:00Close

Location details

Room/Building:

N51, Newton Building

Address:

Shakespeare Street
Nottingham
NG1 4FQ

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