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16th October 2017
Special thanks to our speakers yesterday whose insights into modern slavery were revealing and shocking. A summary of the talks will be written up on this website soon. Meanwhile for the facts on human trafficking, indentured labour and the host of conditions that fall into what UK legislation defines as ‘modern slavery’, check out https://www.antislavery.org/ or http://hopeforjustice.org/.
The last event in the series is on October 29th. An illustrated talk by historian and author Professor Marcus Rediker drawn from his recent book charting the life of early abolitionist Benjamin Lay, this promises to be a fascinating afternoon, inspiring for historians and activists alike. As with the first three events, donations will be accepted to cover the series’ costs and in aid of Anti-Slavery International.
9th October 2017
Our series of events exploring the historic legacy of slavery and the continuing need to eradicate it has so far been enlightening and deeply moving, with two dramatic performances set in the 18th and 19th centuries. This coming Sunday we turn to the present and will hear from various organisations whose aim is to chart and challenge slavery today. If you can only attend one of the four events, make it this one.
25th September 2017
On Sunday 17th September our series of events addressing historic and contemporary slavery was kicked off in style by Heritage Corner Leeds, with a fine performance of ‘Meet The Crafts’. A captivated audience heard how through a series of nail-biting scrapes this couple of pre-abolition slaves travelled incognito from Georgia northwards to Washington only to find their newfound freedom threatened by legislation obliging free states to return renegade slaves to their former owners in the south. Helped by abolitionist friends they secured passage to the UK and became celebrated campaigners against slavery here. They eventually returned to US in solidarity with black communities emerging into post-abolition society.
Meanwhile, Airton Friends are looking forward to next Sunday’s performance by Plain Quakers of ‘Unfinished Business’ – a dramatic reading focussing on the life of Thomas Clarkson, 18th century abolitionist who described himself as ‘nine parts a Quaker’. All are welcome to join us for what promises to be a fascinating story. As with the other events, entry will be free and donations accepted towards costs, with surplus being forwarded to Anti-Slavery International. The total raised so far is £190.
8th August 2017
We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Heritage Corner Leeds to kick off our series of events marking Quaker Week 2017 and focussing on the abolition of slavery – both historic and, sadly, contemporary. There are more enslaved people living today than in the time before abolition – only the phenomenon is hidden. On September 17th at 3.30pm Heritage Corner will present ‘Meet The Crafts’: a play charting the extraordinary true story of two 19th century slaves who escaped servitude in the US deep south, eventually finding their way by steamer to the UK. Other events in the series include talks and a discussion on contemporary slavery including a personal account on the part of someone who has experienced it first hand.
29th June 2017
Many thanks to Scott Blau who spent this morning connecting WiFi in the Barn for us. We can now offer WiFi to all guests and visitors. Ask for the password on arrival.
19th May 2017
It’s election time again and on June 8th the Meeting House will host a polling station. Wherever you are, don’t forget to vote!
We look forward to hearing Christine Dittman, Clive Walkley and Jacqui Ogden on 30th April at 3pm as they present an exciting programme of cello music in the Meeting House. Entrance will be free but a collection will be taken in aid of the Skipton and Craven Refugee Support Group.
Please come and enjoy the music!