Monday 17 May – Friday 22 October 2021
Harewood is committed to being honest about its past, being part of much needed conversations and transparent about colonial history. We cannot change the past, but we can use it as a stark, unequivocal truth to build a fairer, equal future.
Bertie Robinson: The Footman from St Vincent, a new display in the Yellow Drawing Room opening from 17 May, will bring to life the story of Harewood’s first black member of staff. Created in partnership with Leeds-based Diasporian Stories Research Group, through letters, diaries and photographs from Harewood’s archive visitors will find out more about Bertie’s life as well exploring some of the Lascelles’ links to the West Indies and attitudes towards people of colour at that time. This will be part of an annual series which will celebrate and highlight the stories of Black people with Yorkshire connections.
In the summer months, Leeds-based Heritage Corner will bring an exciting and engaging new Black History walk to Harewood. A Storm at Harewood, which will stretch across the House and Grounds, will explore the estate’s heritage and its formation, from wealth gained from the West Indian sugar trade, through to its links with the collections and stories of black history in Leeds. Keep an eye out for tickets, which will go on sale in April.