Little England

202416apr5:30pm7:30pmLittle EnglandJoin us to launch a very special project exploring the ongoing impact of the enslavement of African people

Event Details

September 2024 sees the opening of our exhibit ‘Beating Back the Past’ in the Lady Chapel at Gloucester Cathedral – an installation combining textiles, film and audio by local artist Rider Shafique and the ‘godfather of Black British Photography’ Vanley Burke, exploring the ongoing impact of the enslavement of African people. This artwork is inspired by a Bajan 18th century Slave Song manuscript from UNESCO Memory of the World Register held by Gloucestershire Archives – the earliest known slave song on record.

This month join artists Vanley and Rider to launch this very special project. You’ll see the preview of their film trailer “Little England” and be involved in a discussion to help direct the development of the project, contributing to the new works of art to be shown in the Cathedral this September.

Booking is not essential, however it will help us to manage numbers because we are expecting a large audience.


If you are unable to make this event but would like to view the accompanying exhibition please note that it is open to drop in on the afternoons of Wednesday 17th, 24th April and 1st May 12 – 3. Alternatively if you would like to book to visit at another time email Georgia Williams at

Voices Gloucester is committed to ensuring that the projects and events that we organise and support, contribute to the environmental wellbeing of Gloucester. Where possible please use public transport to attend this event.

By train: Gloucester train station is approximately a 10 minute walk. The Station is part of several major lines including Cardiff Central, Birmingham New Street and London Paddington. Regular services run to and from Gloucester throughout the day. For more information please visit or call 08457 48 49 50.

By bus: the “Picturedrome Theatre” bus stop is opposite the venue and serviced by buses 1, 2 and 2A. For more information visit Opposite the train station is the bus station which connects main bus routes from cheltenham and around Gloucestershire.

By bike: There is a rail outside of the theatre on which you can lock your bike, but alternative bikes can be held in the space during visits.

By car: Parking is available at nearby Asda or GL1 Leisure Centre (15min walk). Both are free for two hours and paid beyond this. Alternatively there is a pay and display car park behind the venue on Vauxhaul Road.

Please contact us if you have any accessibility needs and note that wheelchair access will be through the back of the building from the car park behind.

Beating Back the Past is a partnership project led by Gloucestershire Archives and Voices Gloucester, and funded by Arts Council England.



162-166 Barton St, Gloucester GL1 4EU


(Tuesday) 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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