The Rev. Thomas Birch Freeman (1809 – 1890) was a British missionary of Anglo-African descent. His success in founding churches and schools in the Gold Coast (modern day Ghana) has been well documented. However, his contribution to botany, plant collecting and horticulture has been overshadowed by this religious legacy.
This 1 hour talk by Advolly Richmond MA aims to reveal the extent of Birch Freeman’s horticultural and botanical legacy and is bolstered by Advolly’s research on Birch Freeman family archives in Ghana.
Tickets available via website or contact Yewa Holiday
International events and local history combine together in this 2 hour session by Jonathan Gammond who organised the exhibition ‘Penley Hospital: The Story of a Polish Community in Wales’ at Wrexham County Borough Museum & Archives.
Eighty years ago, German and Russian armies swept across the borders of Poland setting in motion a train of events that led to the establishment of three Polish hospitals in the Welsh countryside near Wrexham, in the village of Penley and the grounds of two country houses, Iscoyd Park and Llannerch Panna. These hospitals were staffed by Polish medics and nurses whose job was to care for the thousands of Polish servicemen and servicewomen displaced from their homes and living in post-war Britain. The hospitals became the focal point of a Polish community.
The session illuminates issues of Europe, identity and the local, regional and international importance of Penley Hospital.
Tickets may be booked via the website or contact Yewa Holiday
In this funny, off-beat and warmhearted portrait of Le Havre, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (played by Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a cool-headed shoe shiner, Marcel’s gentle wife Arletty (Kati Outinen) and tough Inspector Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin). With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. Directed by Finnish director, Aki Kaurismaki.
The film is preceded by a short talk and there will be a discussion afterwards.
Tickets are available on the website.