Portsmouth tends to be associated with the history of the Navy, and there is a mistaken perception that it is a monocultural city. With its lectures, walk, workshop, exhibition and readings on migration, ‘Port city: narratives of migration’ aims to dispel this notion.
Drinking tea to escape the noise of the world | Friday 13 November
The event starts with a presentation of the ‘Tea Project’ exhibition exploring aspects of the personal, political and collective histories related to the tea trade and migration. This will be followed by a talk on tea trade and migration by Portsmouth’s own local tea merchant.
Portsmouth sailortown walk | Saturday 14 November
This walk will explore the unique culture and representation of three sailortowns of Portsmouth that evolved between the 18th and early 20th centuries.
Engaging with the past: migration memories | Tuesday 17 November
A special guest lecture by Eithne Nightingale (Queen Mary University London) on her research into ‘migration museums’ in port towns, followed by a reading and discussion group on the theme of ‘migration museums’.
Reviving the Crescent: Portsmouth connects with Asia | Wednesday 18 November
Presenting a very different narrative, creative and cultural industries lecturer Tom Sykes will discuss Portsmouth’s role as a global city with close cultural and literary connections to Asia. After the lecture, British-Asian writers will read from their work about their experience of migration, integration and cultural encounter.
Exploring Walter Besant’s ‘By Celia’s Arbour’ | Saturday 21 November
A creative writing workshop led by Dr Alison Habens will take place in Milldam Building, where the novel ‘By Celia’s Arbour: A Tale of Portsmouth Town’ is set, and will end with a guided walk.
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