Equiano’s Daughter: A Glimpse of Dissenting England, by Professor Clyde Binfield OBE – #ChapelTalks
April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
How many of us can easily place Dissenters? Join Professor Clyde Binfield in an exploration of Dissent.
It begins with Henry Bromley (1798-1878), a Congregational minister, born and dies in North London. It continues with his family, Suffolk people who had been Dissenters since 1662, and thus ir encompasses and old manor house and a village meeting-house, celebrated by a cousin who was, in her day, a best selling novelist. It embraces his first wife, Joanna, “daughter…of Gustavus Vassa, the African”. Today Gustavus Vassa is better known as Olaudah Equiano, author of a compelling autiobiography, born in Benin, enslaved in the New World, and celebrated- oncefree-in Engalnd of Clarkson and Wilberforce.
Clyde Binfield is Professor Emeritus in History, at the University of Sheffield; author since 1967 of several books and innumerable articles, chiefly on the history of Protestant Nonconformity, with reference to its social, cultural, and architectural contexts.
His current commitments include: Trustee, Dr Williams’s Library, and President of the Friends of Dr Williams’s Library; Chairman, Wakefield Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee; Member Listed Building Advisory Committee, Yorkshire Synod, U.R.C.; Member, Sheffield City Council Conservation Advisory Group.
Professor Binfield’s past commitments have included: President, Ecclesiastical History Society (and currently an Honorary Fellow); President, The Chapels Society (and a founder member); Trustee, Historic Chapels Trust; Trustee, Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust (and convenor of its South Yorkshire Group); President, United Reformed History Society (and a past Editor of its Journal); National Chairman, and later a Vice-President, of YMCA England.
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