Black History Events to June

Amended 14 February – 7 March event added

Amended 15 February – 28 February Lia film & 14 May Look How Far event added


Monday 16 February to  Sunday 24 May. Staying Power at the V&A

V&A  Staying Power display that will show a selection of photographs. from the V&A’s photographic collection  complimented by Black Cultural Archive oral history interviews. The Staying Power Project is the culmination of a seven-year collaborative partnership, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. (See Note 2 below.)

To Tuesday 30 June. Staying Power Exhibition at BCA

Black Cultural Archives exhibition documenting experiences of Black people during Britain post World War II. Through the lens of the Staying Power photographers explore the stories that represent ‘protest to progress’, resilience and activism, and the fashion and music cultures of a generation. More details at Note 1 below.

Friday 20 February. 1pm. Defining the Black Community Landscape

Take a closer look at some of the myths and realities that have become commonplace to what is understood to be the ‘Black community’. Explore the constructs of urbanism, politics, and cultural difference with Dr. Paul Goodwin. Black Cultural Archives. £5, £3 concessions. More details at Note 1 below.

Tuesday 26 February. 1pm. Postcards from Brixton: Images of Black Cultural Archives and Brixton in the 1980s and 1990s  

Join Douglas Parker, Brixton photographer, and discover how he has captured the history of Brixton and its people since the 1980s in his two photography books, Love Letters from Brixton and Postcards from Brixton. More details a Note 1 below.

Saturday 28 February. 12–6pm. Black Cultural Archives celebrates the life and legacy of Claudia Jones 

Speakers include Marika Sherwood, Colin Prescod, Donald Hinds, Nia Reynolds, and Shango Baku amongst others. Black Cultural Archives. £30, £25 concessions, £15 students. More details at Note 1 below.

Saturday 7 March. 6.30pm. Dr. James Risien Russell, MD and Neurologist

Come along and hear  talk by Jeff Green on the doctor’s life (new research), including his early years at Dollar Academy and Edinburgh University. Born in British Guiana, but based in London, Dr Russell was a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and a
member of the team which included leading Neurologist Sir William Gowers (1845-1915) at University College Hospital, London.
Windrush Foundation event at Croydon Supplementary Education Project, 32 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EF.
ADMISSION FREE. Text confirmation of attendance to:
T. 07737271437 email:

March events at Victoria & Albert


Thursday 30 April. 2.30-4pm. The Wedding Album (African-Caribbean & South Asian)

Talk will be led by Rev. Anita McKenzie, photographer, publisher and picture librarian. See Note 2 below.

Thursday 14 May. 2.30–4.30. Margins to Mainstream – Black Theatre in Britain

Talk will be led by Olusola Oyeleye, Award-winning Writer, Director and Producer. See Note 2 below.

Thursday 14 May. 6-9pm. Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk

Special three-in-one event consisting of:
a) ‘Is Jesus White?’ presentation highlighting religion & identity
b) ‘Look How Far We’ve Come Community Talk’ screening & post-screening discussion highlighting racism, and other political & societal issues
c) release of the ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism?’ DVD highlighting history & racism.

Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith St, Westminster, SW1P

The event, which will feature special guests drawn from the diverse Look… project contributors, also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Race Relations Act. There will also be limited stalls available. For further details and to book go to

See also my AfricanHistory+ @Croydon’s Look Workshop Notes at

Thursday 19 June. 2.30–4pm. Bosco Holder – A life in Theatre and Art: London 1950 – 1970

Talk will be led by Christian Holder, Son of the late artist. See Note 2 below.

Thursday 25 June. 2.30–4pm. Heroines of Opera

Talk will be led by Dr Shirley Thompson, Composer, Musician and Reader in Music at the University of Westminster. See Note 2 below.

Note 1:

More details at Black Cultural Archives:

Note 2:

Further details a Victoria & Albert Museum:


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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