Baroness Young visits Tyne & Wear Archives Service
Baroness Lola Young visited Tyne & WearArchives service on 17 May before giving a lecture at the Lit & Phil as part of the Remembering Slavery programme.
Baroness Young saw the Archives Service's contribution to the Discovery Museum's Remembering Slavery exhibition and our own Freedom & Liberty exhibition, which puts the anti-slavery movement in the wider context of contemporary affairs such as electoral reform, Chartism and industrial unrest. She commented that it was vital to see the movement in this light and referred to the exhibition in her lecture, while cautioning against comparing the treatment of slaves with the suffering of the working classes at that time. She was also extremely interested in other records of cultural diversity in the region, particularly records of schools and lodging houses in South Shields from the 1920s showing the settling of Arab seamen in the area.
Baroness Young was formerly Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority and was made a life peer in 2004. She is currently a non-executive director of theNational Archives.Photograph: Liz Rees, Chief Archivist and Baroness Lola Young