Trent Building to go red for anti-racism campaign


October 16th, 2019

The University of Nottingham’s Trent Building will be lit up in red floodlights on the evening of Friday 18 October, to mark Wear Red Day. 

The University Boulevard side of the historic building will be illuminated from 6pm, Friday 18 October to about 4am, Saturday 19 October – with the light visible to travellers on University Boulevard and passengers on the tram line. 

The display coincides with Wear Red Day – an anti-racism campaign that takes place on Friday 18 October in England and Wales, and is organised by education charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC). 

Organising charity SRtRC delivers anti-racism workshops to more than 50,000 young people every year in schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales, as well as providing training to teachers. The charity’s educational work is crucial in challenging racist attitudes in society and breaking down barriers within communities. It aims to combat racism through enabling role models, who are predominately but not exclusively footballers, to present an anti-racist message. 

The lighting takes place in the midst of Black History Month, which is being celebrated throughout October. A programme of events is taking place, open to both staff and students, and ranging from networking opportunities, to film screenings, to drumming workshops. View the events listing for Black History Month 2019. 

Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham, said: “We are proud to get involved in this important campaign. Equality, diversity and inclusion is a crucial and central pillar in all we do at the University of Nottingham and we are very pleased to be able to highlight our support for Wear Red Day.” 

Want to get involved in Wear Red Day? You can tweet using the hashtag #WRD19 or show your support by donning a red outfit on Friday 18 October. Don’t forget to look out of pictures of the illuminated tower on Twitter this Friday evening! 

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