Llafur Spring Series 2021 – Episode 4: The Congo Institute and its Students
Established in 1890 by the returning missionary and pastor, Rev. William Hughes, the Congo Institute in Colwyn Bay was designed to provide students from different regions of Africa with an apprenticeship in religious nonconformity and opportunities for technical education. While the Institute had a relatively short lifespan, closing in 1911, its legacy lived on in the personal journeys of the students who returned home to translate the skills they had taken from their time in North Wales into their future careers and life experiences. In order to understand the significance of the Institute, and to focus on the lives of the students who were tutored in Colwyn Bay, we welcome guest speakers Marian Gwyn and Norbert Mbu-Mputu for an exploration of this complex, transnational story.