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'Exploring the shared history of Jamaica and Wales'.

Learning Links International – online course

Introductory sessions

4th May 2024 – introduction / induction session - we will also introduce the new Bangor University online resources - the Pennants Plantation management records and encourage all participants to visit Penrhyn Castle

– we will run an extra session for colleagues joining us from outside Wales to do a virtual visit  NB this introduction / induction session will be repeated as needed

1st June 2024 – we will explore the range of things produced in North Wales that supported the port of Liverpool to encourage independent visits eg to Parys Mountain (copper) and Greenfield Valley (iron) as well as to the International Slavery Museum

– we will again run an extra session for colleagues joining us from outside Wales to do a virtual visit

6th July 2024 – we will get feedback from visits and review the more formal course planned for Sept 2024  onwards - which may include international study visits – and we will discuss the outcome of our Taith application and explore possibilities.

This is a draft outline of sessions from Sept 2024:

Module 1  Wales links with Jamaica – including Plantation Ownership and Governance

1.1 Pennant family and Penrhyn Castle – introduction and history – Speaker from NT?

1.2 History of Pennant family plantations in Jamaica – and records held in Bangor University  

-  ? Speaker from Bangor University Archive

1.3 The Tenants Strike in Pennants, Clarendon and sale of Jamaican plantations
             -  Prof Barrymore Bogues 

1.4 Eisteddfod in Jamaica - Dr Vivian Crawford


Module 2   Wales links with supplying slave traders from Liverpool 

2.1 Africa, the Slave Trade and Wales, including Welsh Slave Ship Captains
               - International Slavery Museum speaker 

2.2 Wool - LM and BORN team 

2.3 Copper and Iron – Anglesey and the Greenfield Valley

2.4 Building Slave Ships in Wales -  Pwllelli 


Module 3   Welsh participation in Slave Trade 

3.1 Welsh Pirates - eg Henry Morgan - Terry Breverton

3.2 Taking roles on plantations – opportunities in Jamaica

3.3 The Anglesey links

3.4 Abolition efforts in Wales


Background to'Exploring the shared history of Jamaica and Wales’ 

This is an innovative blended programme which offers opportunities to take part in the online sessions each month on 1st Saturday at 3pm in Wales – 9am in Jamaica – hosted by the North Wales Jamaica Society, managed by Learning Links International CIC, with an expectation to undertake relevant visits and to keep a learning journal.

This course supports the Taith application for exchange visits between Wales and Jamaica by some course participants, to undertake further research in Wales and Jamaica. 

Those registered on this learning opportunity / course will be expected to keep a journal to record learning and the development of understanding related to the links between Wales and Jamaica. This is for personal reference, participants will also be expected to undertake relevant visits in their own country, funding permitting.

There will be opportunities to undertake visits in Wales / Liverpool, with options of engaging in personal / group research - with an award of LLI Certificates of Attendance at the end of each unit. These will include recognition of additional activities undertaken, with an expectation to visit Penrhyn Castle and Liverpool International Slavery Museum

In Jamaica there will also be opportunities to visit to the various areas that were Plantations or Pens owned by the Pennant Family, as well as archives and other places of interest / information

Participants will also have opportunities to undertake volunteer activities eg supporting / managing the exchange visits.

A new website will be developed to post recordings of presentations and develop information relating to each session – for follow up or for advanced study

The course will move on the informal way we have been learning, and over the next few months we will introduce some of the themes – until we are sure that we have the Taith funding for the exchange visits, which will be supported by the more formal course – planned over 3 termly Modules  initially, but then may extend to a second year of study.

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