His Own Man: The Story of Robert Reschid Stanley
Sunday, 20 October 2019
- Time: 2pm-3pm
- Venue: Rochdale Sixth Form College Theatre
Price: Adult £4, or £6 double bill of his own Man and The Celox and the Clot | Students £4 | 60+ £4
Suitable for: 14+
Robert Stanley was a working class man who was twice the Mayor of Stalybridge. He was also one of the first Victorian white men to convert to Islam, and was instrumental in the establishment of the first mosques in England. After his death, his family concealed his Muslim faith and identity. It wasn’t until his great-great-great granddaughter, Christina Longden, started exploring her family tree that the real life story of Robert Reschid Stanley came back into the light. Following this important historical discovery, Christina authored 2 books piecing together a full document of his life, his faith, and his family.
Christina grew up in Tameside and was the first in her family to go to university. She manages the Lorna Young Foundation that supports poor farmers in developing countries, and her family is one of the 3 founding families that set up the ethical coffee company, Dark Woods Coffee.