|For over twenty-seven years, Norma Gregory has researched and produced quality, heritage-related media products, educational resources and exhibitions in relation to African / African Caribbean experiences in the UK, helping to develop, expand and enrich available heritage as well as helping to address misrepresentations of history. Norma Gregory works in active partnership with national and international organisations, seeking to enhance and to expand current heritage provision and access.
From print and broadcast media, publications, exhibitions, displays and memorials, Norma Gregory has also conducted talks and presentations to enhance public knowledge regarding the inclusion and celebration of African history into mainstream settings.
Through her social enterprise, Nottingham News Centre CIC, founded in 2013
(see www.nottinghamnewscentre.com), she regularly sponsors and supports events
and activities that promote heritage, education, achievement, inclusion and equality for all.
"I believe that it is through education, that I have had the chance to become the woman I am supposed to be, one who is now able to juggle both professional and personal commitments dedicating my life to improving and advancing education through heritage and inclusive knowledge transfer, thus helping to promote inclusion and a deeper understanding for all. Thank you."
Research achievements / Contributions to knowledge
Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage
- Research archive: www.blackcoalminers.com
- 'Black British Coal Miners Significance and Sacrifice Remembered' in Race Matters online, 25th October 2019 by the Runnymede Trust https://www.runnymedetrust.org/blog/black-british-coal-miners-significance-and-sacrifice-remembered
- The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining https://www.iom3.org/materials-world-magazine/news/2019/oct/29/digging-deep-black-miners-museum-project
- LeftLion newspaper feature p.27, #119 November 2019 interview with Alex Kuster https://www.leftlion.co.uk/media/4876691/leftlion-issue-119-web.pdf online version https://www.leftlion.co.uk/read/2019/november/norma-gregory-black-miners-history-exhibition/
- MEDIUM online magazine, consultancy and images, 'Black History in the Coalfields' article by Grace Millar, October 2019, https://medium.com/@ncb1947/black-history-in-the-coalfields-2ee6f61e15f1
- EDITION magazine, consultancy and images, 'Black Coal Miners - 'A Tribute to a Hidden Past' interview with Joy Sigaud, October 2019 https://editionbhm.com/2019/10/31/black-coal-miners-a-tribute-to-a-hidden-past/
- Toronto Caribbean magazine (print and online versions), 5th November 2019, interview with David Myles https://torontocaribbean.com/digging-deeper-with-norma-gregory/
- Guest panelist, 'The Battle of Orgreave' by Jeremy Deller, film screening and discussion, St Leonards Labour Group, London 14th June 2019
- The Coal Authority, Nottinghamshire, research presentation to staff, 21st October 2019
- UNITE, Headquarters Holborn London, research presentation to staff, 3rd October 2019
- JUNO Women's Aid, Nottingham, 'Inspirational Women' event, speaker, 25th October 2019
- Conference paper: 'Black Miners: Migration Memories from British Coalfields,' Migrants & Minorities in Coalmining, Nottingham Trent University Conference, 11th July 2019 https://www.ntu.ac.uk/about-us/events/events/2019/07/migrants-and-minorities-in-british-coalmining
- The Guardian newspaper, 25th October 2016, ‘How Britain’s black miners are reclaiming their place in history’ an article by Frances Perraudin. Photos by David Sillitoe. The Guardian, G2 supplement, pages 10-11 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/24/black-miners-britain-nottingham
- Channel 4 News, 27th April 2018 https://www.channel4.com/news/windrush-miners-hold-reunion
- Channel 4 News social media video https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/10155887355091939/?q=channel%204%20news%20miners
- BBC 1 Inside Out East Midlands (documentary programme) ‘Brothers Beneath the Surface’ viewing 12th September 2016. BBC Presenter / Reporter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOHHcTgzs5E (BBC Inside Out East Midlands, 'Brothers Beneath the Surface' news feature and at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07tc17r
- BBC Wales, February 2018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-43111730
- BBC Bargain Hunt, episode 50, Nottingham 13 (aired 02/07/18) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b99x4b
- ITV Calendar (Yorkshire TV) news, 15th October 2019 https://youtu.be/iW5vd_8yCYs
- The Voice Newspaper (online) 28th September 2019 https://www.voice-online.co.uk/entertainment/arts-culture/2019/09/28/digging-deep-miners-of-african-caribbean-heritage/
- Exhibition promotional video/vlog, September 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZl9b7iIJHI
- The Voice newspaper, May 24-30 Issue No.1833, 2018, pages 9 http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/black-miners-unite
- The Voice newspaper, August 4-10, 2016, pages 6-7. 'The Untold Story of Britain's Black Miners'. http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/untold-story-britains-black-miners
- The Voice (newspaper) July 21-27, 2016, page 11.' Nottingham Project Highlights the History of Black Miners'. http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/nottingham-project-highlights-history-black-miners
- The Voice (newspaper) May 3-9 2018, Issue No.1830, p.3
- The Voice (newspaper) May 24-30 2018, Issue No. 1833 p.9
- The Voice (newspaper) June 21-27 2018, Windrush 70, Souvenir Edition p. 24
- Commission work by David Severn, photographer, black miners' portraits https://www.davidsevern.com/projects-all/the-pit-of-nations
- 'The Meaning of Black History' presentation at Birmingham University, November 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIqsxtxNJNE&t=6s and http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/historycultures/events/2016/meanings-of-black-history.aspx.
- Notts TV (News) – ‘The project to uncover the untold stories of black miners in Notts’ 11.10.16 https://nottstv.com/inside-pit-nations-untold-story-black-miners-nottinghamshire/
- University of Nottingham presentation, 17th October 2017. Digging Deeper: unearthing narratives of black British coal miners. http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/peopleandculture/2017/09/14/digging-deeper-unearthing-narratives-black-british-coal-miners/
- Heritage Lottery Funding article https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/life-changing/project-funding-finder?icid=lich-212:bd:13:ist-ts:tnl:lich-prfufi-270:in:co
- Black Miners' Reunion event 27th April 2018 (organiser) https://vimeo.com/267018775 https://youtu.be/YhERgt1XHnA
- Project featured in article by author James Walker: http://jameskwalker.co.uk/blog/2018/05/16/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-making-a-radio-documentary-but-couldnt-be-arsed-to-ask/
- Project featured in article by author James Walker: https://dawnoftheunread.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/talkandtongue-pit-poetry-and-notts-dialect/
- Nottingham Local History Association (Newsletter) September 2019 https://nlha.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/3.21-NLHA-Newsletter_September-2019.pdf
- Huddersfield Windrush Festival by the Jamaica National Council, Huddersfield Town Hall, 29th September 2018, speaker
- Heritage Lottery Fund, online guest panelist, 'Capturing Memories of Working Lives' https://www.hlf.org.uk/community/live-chats/capturing-memories-working-lives-20-september-2018
- Castle Cavendish Funding Award, summer 2016. Project titled, Coal Kids: Youth experiences in Nottinghamshire coal mining history.
- Kemet FM radio interview with Kevin Brown 'The Talk Back Show'. Topic: Coal Miners of African Heritage: Narratives from Nottinghamshire, 1st May 2016.
- BBC Radio Nottingham black coal miners interview with presenter, Jodie Law
- Nottingham Trent University, Department of English, student lecture. Topic: Coal Miners of African Heritage: Narratives from Nottinghamshire, 9th May 2016
- Bygones newspaper feature article (Nottingham), 7th November 2016, page 13 ‘History in black and white’.
Curator /tour manager - Digging Deep Exhibition
George Africanus (c1763-1834) Heritage & Education
- Installation of the first, national blue heritage plaque to a person of African descent in Nottingham, dedicated to the entrepreneur George Africanus (c1763-1834) 9th October 2014, Victoria Street Nottingham.http://www.normagregory.com/gallery see 'Heritage'. https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/History/News-Events/Norma-Gregory.aspx
- Historian contributor, Slave to Citizen, The George Africanus Story, documentary film by Farai Roots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIpMCphzAZA
- Guest official for naming of the NET George Africanus tram on 22nd August 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ign6tEfI8Hs documentary video by Michael Walker.
- The Voice (newspaper), September 3-9, 2015, page 9. 'Former Slave turned Entrepreneur has Tram Named in his Honour'. http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/slave-turned-entrepreneur-has-tram-named-his-honour
- George Africanus, Civic ceremony presentation 9th October 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbyTWsF98lU filmed by Michael Walker @ juxtaClip Video.
- George Africanus Society UK Facebook page established 20/08/15 https://www.facebook.com/georgeafricanus
- Nottingham Post (newspaper) April 1st 2015, page 13. 'By George, Norma's Found a rich vein of social history'. (no longer online)
- New local beer produced by Castle Rock Brewery, Nottingham in memory of George Africanus http://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk/nottinghamian-ale-great-african/ and http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/raise-glass-nottingham’s-african-hero
- Nottingham Post (newspaper) April 4th 2014, page 5. New beer comes to a head, by George!' ( no longer online)
- George Africanus, HLF Project, Belong Nottingham 2013-2014. Project management steering group member. Training provider for project volunteers in media skills/ Journalism. Copy writer for George Africanus Calendar 2015 project and research support.
- Nottinghamshire Family History Society presentation/talk: A Journey with George Africanus. 19th October 2016. At the Mechanics Institute, Nottingham.
- Nottingham University presentation/talk: A Journey with George Africanus. 7th October 2015.
Print / Broadcast Media work
- Historic England podcast series, 'Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places - Power, Protest & Progress'. Guest panelist with historians David Olusoga, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, Celia Richardson and Billy Hurley Reading among others, as featured in The Guardian 07/08/2018:
- Inside Out BBC East Midlands (broadcast 12.09.16) Brother Beneath the Surface, (feature story) about the experiences of black miners of Nottinghamshire. Produced by Jane Dodge. Available to view at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOHHcTgzs5E
- BBC ‘Expert Voices’ Academy selected candidate (Birmingham, 2014) http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/en/articles/art20150505123427008
- BBC Radio Nottingham regular guest contributor (Sundays, African-Caribbean Show, Midweek: The Afternoon Show)
- Mello FM, Montego Bay Jamaica. Radio interview 22nd November 2016.
- Kemet FM, Nottingham. Guest contributor (Kevin Brown Talk Back Show Sundays 9-11pm, Christine Belle, Weekday Show 10-1pm)
- Mojatu Magazine, Editor-in-Chief, 12 months
- Stella Vision Films, Nottingham. Assistant producer and researcher The History of the Nottingham Carnival (2012). Premiered at The New Art Exchange, Nottingham (10/08/12)
- It's My Story! 'Meet the Media Experts' community media event, host and organiser (Antenna Media Centre, 5/2/15). Media training facilitator 2014-2015
- Insite Radio, Nottingham Internet radio station, volunteer presenter (2013)
- BBC, Blue Peter, BBC Television Centre, London. Research and administration work experience, 2000.
- BBC 10 day training in camera and editing skills (1999)
- Bullseye TV Production Company, London. Voluntary work, researcher (1999)
- The British Library, London. Work experience, Library Assistant (1998)
- Sunday Express Newspaper, London. Voluntary work experience as a researcher, Features section (1995)
Books, academic journal articles & conference papers
- Conference paper: 'Black Miners: Migration Memories from British Coalfields,' Migrants & Minorities in Coalmining, Nottingham Trent University, 11th July 2019
- Gregory. N.J (2013) Deity, Distortion and Destruction: A Model of God in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Published in Black Theology: An International Journal, Vol. 11, no.3, pages 363-372. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/1476994813Z.00000000013
- Jamaicans in Nottingham, Narratives and Reflections ( Hansib Publications, 2015) https://www.waterstones.com/book/jamaicans-in-nottingham/norma-gregory/9781910553015
- Conference paper: What's Happening in Black History? Part II (University of Liverpool & Institute for Commonwealth Studies, February 3015) Paper title: Early Black British Narratives: their Significance and Legacy (February 2015). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3MdwXGVYCI & https://blackbritishhistory.co.uk/workshops/whbbh2/
- Conference paper: The Meaning of Black History, University of Birmingham (November 2016)http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/historycultures/events/2016/meanings-of-black-history.aspx also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIqsxtxNJNE
- What's Happening in Black History? Part IV. Workshop, Bristol 7th April 2016. Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London. Conference Chair, 'Women in Black British History' seminar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17aYlbvBrNU and Plenary speaker.
- What's Happening in Black History? Part VII. Workshop, London 26th October 2017. Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London. Plenary speaker.
- Discussion on the impact of Jamaican post-war migration to Nottingham. By Dawn of the Unread, published on 8 June 2015 filmed by James Walker.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BONi-DJsIPg. https://www.leftlion.co.uk/read/2015/october/black-history-month-norma-gregory-7782
- Bygones (newspaper)Nottingham July 2015, pages 6-7. 'Jamaicans in Nottingham'
- Slave Narratives of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (2007) project. Exhibition, publication and school workshops (2007) Awards for All, Big Lottery Fund. Reference L02.2 held at Nottingham Central Library and Arnold Library
- Crooked Carousel, Selected Poetry (Nottingham News Centre Publications, 2016) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crooked-Carousel-Selected-Norma-Gregory/dp/0993468705/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504084396&sr=8-1&keywords=crooked+carousel
- Oral History Society Conference, Belfast, Ireland 28-29 June 2018. Speaker
- Oral History Journal Spring 2018 Vol. 46 No.1, p.5
- Oral History Journal Autumn 2016 Vol. 44 No.2, p.7
Research participant (volunteer)
- 'Women Entrepreneurs and Legitimation' by Dr Isobel O'Neil (Nottingham University Business School) and Dr Janine Swail (University of Auckland, New Zealand), 2016 - 2019 research participant and learning resource developer.
- 'The role of the Black Community in the Miners' Strike of 1984/5' by Lucy Cann (UCL, University of London). A selection of quotes from audio recordings with former coal miners included in dissertation (and referenced), 2016.
- Listing in the Black British History Directory (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London) https://blackbritishhistory.co.uk/2015/norma-gregory/
Nottingham Carnival Heritage
General Community Heritage work
- Sandford Award for Informal Learning (SAIL) 2019
- Windrush Awards 2018 (Nottingham), Inspirational Leadership Award
- Alumni Laureate Award 2017, University of Nottingham
- Mayor of Nottingham formal commendation, 2017
- Black Achievers’ Awards 2016 (Nottingham): Category for Arts, Culture & Music (Best Female)
- BexLive Black Enterprise Awards 2016 (Birmingham): Community Champion
- Heritage Lottery Funding, HLF (2015-2016 & 2017-2019, 2019-2021)
- Associate Member, Postcolonial Studies Centre (Nottingham Trent University)
- Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All, 2007 & 2013
- Millennium Commission Award, 2000 'Black British Poets' media project.
- Oral History Society Conference 2018, June 28-29, Queens University Belfast Ireland, Bursary Award recipient. Speaker (29.06.2018).
Award nominations (shortlisted)
- Gedling Borough Council, Awards International Women’s Day, Woman of Influence - Finalist, 2017
- Women4Africa 2016: Community Leader of the Year
- Excellence in Diversity Award 2016: Education Sector
- BexLive Awards 2015 (Birmingham): Diverse Enterprise
- BEFFTA Awards 2015 (London): Best Author
- Black Achievers Award, 2019 (Nottingham)
- BexLive Enterprise Awards, 2017 (Wolverhampton) and presenter of the 'Diverse Company/organisation' award.
Board Member / Directorships
- National Coal Mining Museum for England: Trustee Non-Executive Director, (from November 2018)
- UNESCO, Nottingham City of Literature: (Collaborative Board member, from July 2018)
- The Parents of Teens & Pre Teens Village Community CIC (Director, from 2017)
- JuxtaClip Video LTD (Director from 2014)