• Ancestral Constellations

    The ‘Power’ in the Letter

    If you don’t ask you can’t find out what you need to know! The ‘Power’ was in the Letter When I read the letter and took it to Guyana, I had a better idea about why I was researching my family heritage. And what I was seeking to find out about my ancestral identity. Back in 1979 my mother wrote to her favourite brother Eustace and asked for more details about their family heritage. My mother’s memory is poor now so I can’t ask her why she did that, but I can only guess that she was homesick and wanted something to remind her of her heritage? Or maybe because she didn’t grow up with her siblings she was looking to reconnect? Details of Family Unknown! For whatever reason, he wrote back and gave her details about their maternal and paternal ancestry, back to their grandparents and great-grandparents.   I…

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    Black Salt at Tate Liverpool

    Black Salt at Tate Liverpool Liverpool International Slavery Museum Exhibition November 2018 Lives of Britains Black Sailors I was so lucky to see this exhibition a few months ago, it stories a part of British and African and Caribbean history that is little told.  The exhibition was held in Liverpool at the Tate Liverpool.   It proved to be a fitting place to hold it with its history and location as a slave port and there was relevance for my journey, both personal and professional. And to be honest I was surprised and delighted by the exhibition, a small glimpse into past and present history. The following text is taken from the Tata Liverpool’s website Black Salt: Britain’s Black sailors revealed the contribution Black seafarers have made to some of the most significant maritime events of the past 500 years. The exhibition was based on the book ‘Black Salt: Seafarers of African…

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    Loss, Change and Citizenship

    It’s Been a Summer of Loss and Change! It’s been some time since I’ve written, as my father passed away in May and I’ve taken time out to think and reflect. Loss on that scale really makes you sit up and think about life.  I hadn’t realised that the grief would be so deep and impactful and I still miss and think about him every day. Up until the last few months of my father’s life, I had always had a difficult relationship with him, maybe it was partly that which brought me to family constellations work.  But I am happy that on the last 18 months I was able to reconnect with my father, in love and not anger.  To say the things that needed to be said, about love and respect and honouring his sacrifices, and to heal old wounds. The Ancestral Journey Continues I realise as the weeks have gone…