Blog: RX Global, June 2021

Q&A with Joe by Katie King for Reed Exhibitions, who has selected Heritage Corner as one of its nine global not-for-profit partners promoting racial equality. 

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Audio: Loudspeaker, Chapel FM

A year since George Floyd’s tragic murder, this episode focuses on the important topic of racial justice with special guests, Leeds based interdisciplinary artist and activist Khadija Ibrahim and Joe Williams of Heritage Corner (around the 38:30 mark).

Loudspeaker, Episode 5 (June 2021)

Audio: Sonic Stops, West to East

'In this soundscape you’ll travel on the number 50A bus from Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall across the city to Harehills. The composition features new works from Andie Brown (Alucita II remix) and from Joe Williams, in addition to music, sounds and stories about instrument makers, radio stations, record shops, concerts, venues and more.'

Produced by Rosie Parsons. Featured voices and thanks: Madeleine Ackroyd, Shaun Alcock, Nathan Clark, Cloth Cat, Des Hurley, Gill Iles, Aisha Iqbal, Jabbar Karim, Kitty Ross, Hunter Smith, Lornette Smith, Joe Williams.

Feature: Yorkshire Evening Post, May 2021

'Five urban walks in Yorkshire to discover more about our historic cities.'

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Blog: American Collections, May 2021

Contribution to the British Library's American Collections Blog focuses on Joe’s memories of Leeds West Indian Carnival and his historical perspective on Caribbean food.

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Audio: Slateworld, March 2021

Joe Williams talks about Black British history & Ma’at the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice.

Blog: Leeds 2023, December 2020

Past Diversity & Present Riches: Joe and Vanessa outline their respective roles with Heritage Corner for the Leeds 2023 blog.

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Feature: The Gryphon, October 2020

'Recolouring an erased history is an intimidating task, yet a necessary one. Over a two-hour period, Joe Williams and Vanessa Mudd take their fellow walkers through millennia of rich Black history in Leeds; overturning the cobbles so carefully laid by eurocentrism.'

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Podcast: Light on Leeds

Joe discusses the Leeds Black History Walk with Hazel Millchamp.

Episode 32 (July 2020)

Legacy Awards, May 2020

Heritage Corner wins the presitigious Arts & Culture category at the 2020 Legacy Awards.

Legacy Awards

Joe Williams / Heritage Corner Legacy Award 2020

Go Higher, May 2019

'Explore History aimed to be a truly exploratory look at history from different cultural and historical perspectives and it did not disappoint, says Mary Owoo.'

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Walking David Oluwale's Leeds (April 2019)

Part of a series of events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of David Oluwale's death

'The historian, writer and actor Joe Williams (Heritage Corner) will lead a guided walk around David Oluwale’s places in Leeds city centre. He will show us where David enjoyed himself in his first few years from 1949, where he slept rough in his last two years, and where he drowned on 18th April 1969.'

David was last seen in Call Lane, near Leeds Bridge, in the early hours of 18th April 1969. Witness David Condon said he saw an old man being pursued by two men in police uniform very near to the River Aire. So, during April, we are thinking of David, mourning his death and building a hopeful future for the city of Leeds. We had a special event at his graveside in the morning of 18th April 2019. As always, we use the arts to promote our vision for a better city.

We agree with Chief Superintendent John Perkins, of London’s Metropolitan police, that Inspector Ellerker and Sergeant Kitching were guilty of murder. That’s the charge he recommended, after months of painstaking investigation, in which several honourable police officers testified against their “superiors”. We believe Ellerker and Kitching were the men in uniform seen by David Condon. But the Department of Public Prosecutions downgraded it from murder to a manslaughter charge. We think the Judge misdirected the jury, but that’s another story.

Find out more about the David Oluwale Memorial Association here.

Point of Light Award, October 2018

In recognition for his outstanding contribution to the community in Leeds, Founder and Director of Heritage Corner, Joe Williams (second from right), receives a Point of Light Award in 2018.

Black Heroes Foundation

Heritage Corner Point of Light Award

Interview: The Culture Vulture, September 2018

'Fascinated by the hidden history of Leeds, JOE WILLIAMS set up Heritage Corner and a walking tour with a mission…'

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Television: ITV Anglia, July 2018

Heritage Corner's Joe Williams brings Pablo Fanque to life for Anglia TV in Norwich, July, 2018. Pablo was born in Norwich, 1810 and rose to become one of the best Victorian equestrian acrobat and circus owner. He died in 1871 and is buried in Leeds, England.

Interview: Leeds African Studies Bulletin, March 2017

'Joe Williams of the Heritage Corner Project meets up with Christian Høgsbjerg to discuss the Leeds Black History Walk which celebrates African History and Diversity in Leeds.'

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Feature: North Leeds Life, July 2016

Short piece about Leeds Black History Walk in North Leeds Life magazine.

To view online (page 18), click here

Interview: World Clique TV, June 2016

'Joe Williams tells us about his amazingly interesting and fascinating Black Heritage Walk. He reveals engaging characters with riveting stories that will leave you appreciative of the knowledge and wanting to hear more. Joe's Heritage Walk is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.'

The North Star, February 2013

In 2013, Afemai Children's Trust delivered dance workshops on abolitionist Frederick Douglass for Wakefield schools. Heritage Corner's Joe Williams and Phoenix Dance founder David Hamilton were commissioned to write and perform The North Star, a stage play about universal human freedoms and why Douglass remains relevant today.

Frederick Douglass Commemoration, December 2009

A series of events held around Leeds, organised by Erika Laredo and Yvette Smalle from the School of Social Sciences, to commemorate the visit by Frederick Douglass to the city in 1859. Heritage Corner's Joe Williams read extracts from Douglass's writings.

Runaway Diamonds, October 2007

Heritage Corner's Joe Williams wrote this inspirational story of abolitionist Frederick Douglass which was performed on the stage of West Yorkshire Playhouse (now Leeds Playhouse) and in select schools across West Yorkshire as part of the Bi-Centenary of the abolition of Slavery. 



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What people are saying...

  • Really worthwhile and full of information. Love the use of performance to portray characters and bring history to life.
  • A brilliant walk which shares (African) history in a well-researched, knowledgeable way. We need more of this input in our schools.
  • This is the second time I've attended the walk and feel there is so much more to learn. Joe’s knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm mean I could easily stay for the whole day.
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