2nd July 2024

Exploring Leeds’ Black history

CTSI London Branch organised a special Black History Walk at this year’s Conference.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

A thought-provoking event at this year’s CTSI Conference in Leeds celebrated the city’s Black history and provided participants with an opportunity to explore aspects of our culture that are sometimes hidden or ignored.

The memorial sculpture and blue plaque dedicated to David Oluwale, whose death in 1969 shaped discussion of systematic racism within British legal institutions, police brutality, inequality and mental health policy

Sponsored by the CTSI London Branch, the Black History Walk took place on the evening of 19 June. Twenty-three CTSI members from as far afield as Dorset, Devon and Dumbarton joined local historian Joe Williams, who guided the group through the city on a specially curated tour, highlighting key sites and sharing stories that illustrate Leeds’ development.

Cenred Elworthy, Trading Standards Manager from the Royal Borough of Greenwich, organised the event. He said: “The tour covered the city’s links with, and response to, the transatlantic slave trade, and explored the experiences of residents over the centuries.

“Participants showed a keen interest, engaging in discussions and asking questions throughout the walk. The event provided an opportunity to learn about aspects of Leeds’ history that are often underrepresented in mainstream narratives. Many attendees remarked on how the stories shared during the walk reinforced our common humanity, bridging cultural and historical divides.

“The walk’s popularity highlights the value of broadening understanding and fostering a sense of shared human experience among members.”

Giles Speid, Team Leader at the City of Westminser, took some photos along the way (see above). He commented: “The historical walk in Leeds brought to life the rich tapestry of its past, revealing the hidden history of the contribution made by those who came before us.”

The Leeds Black History walk is an initiative of Heritage Corner Leeds, which ‘exposes hidden narratives and engages participants and audiences in understanding African history/heritage and connections to Yorkshire’. For further information, click here.

Participants in the walk gathered outside the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds


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