The Kenneth Kirkwood Day 2024: Slavery

Since its inception 24 years ago, the annual Kenneth Kirkwood Day looks at key issues affecting society and by extension, the Museum. Four eminent speakers, all experts in their own field, speak about the topic, looking at it from the angle of their own expertise.

Following on from the successful 2023 event, which covered the theme of migration, the discussion this year will be on slavery through the ages, including global modern-day slavery and servitude.

This year’s speakers are:

  • Dr Camilia Cowling (Associate Professor of Latin American History, University of Warwick), Journeys of Enslavement and Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Cuba: Teresa Mina’s Story
  • Dr Doreen Kembabazi (Assistant Professor of African History and Medical Humanities, University of Warwick), The Aftermath of Slavery in Uganda, East Africa
  • Jeremy Hunter (UNESCO award-winning investigative photo-journalist, television producer, writer & speaker), The Brookes and the Atlantic Slave Trade: Travels Through the Slave Routes of the Former Kingdoms of Dahomey and Gold Coast
  • Andrew Smith (Manager of ACTion to Combat Modern Slavery Justice Hub, Coordinator of Humber Modern Slavery Partnership, Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull), Modern Slavery: Hidden in Plain Sight or a Venial Side Effect of Globalisation?

Read more about the event and the speakers here:

The annual Kenneth Kirkwood Day is a key event in the Pitt Rivers calendar. In the 24 years since this event was founded to raise money for the Kenneth Kirkwood Fund, it has provided vital funding for staff bursaries for travel and research. More details of the fund can be found here: