Black and British: A Forgotten History



‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’

This four-part BBC2 TV series is being presented by David Olusoga starts on Wednesday 9 November at 9pm as part of BBC’s Black and British season.

Black Cultural Archives and the BBC have produced an exhibition of images from the series at

Pan Macmillan has published a book by David Olusoga to accompany the series.


There are several other events taking place in November which focus on aspects of aspects of Black British History.

British Black Gospel

Thursday 10 November 6-7.30pm

Recent donor to our collection, Mr Alexander-Smith is a medical laboratory scientist by profession and also author of British Black Gospel: The Foundations of This Vibrant UK Sound.  Join us for a conversation about his book, deposit into our archive collection, and a performance from singer Fiona Yorke.

Black Cultural Archives. Free, booking advised.

Vision, Voice & Power – Black Women Artists in Britain

Thursday 10 November from 7-9pm

Black women artists in Britain have played a significant role in the vitality of contemporary British art, yet how many of us can say that we have seen their work or engaged with their visions? Makeda Coaston, exhibition co-curator for No Colour Bar: Black British Arts in Action 1960-1990, will facilitate an interactive evening featuring a presentation by artist and curator Marleen Smith. Narrating the struggles for visibility and resilience, Smith will discuss key works by Black women artists from the 1980′s to present times, highlighting artistic work and themes that continue to provoke, challenge, and uplift womanist dialogues. Special guest artists, Claudette Johnson and Sokari Douglas Camp, will be featured to share perspectives and insights from their artistic journeys.

Black Cultural Archives. £7. Book at:

We Will Remember: Paying Homage to Black Servicemen in WW1

Friday 11 November. 10.30am – 12.30pm & 6pm – 9pm; 11am One Minute Silence.

In conjunction with Black Poppy Rose, Black Cultural Archives are holding a Remembrance service for the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Islanders who contributed to WWI. Visit the pop-up exhibition entitled The Empire Needs Men and join BCA for an evening of remembrance with song, theatre, and discussion with a panel of speakers including Black History Walks, African Heritage Education Centre, Slavery Remembrance, Patrick Vernon, and Commonwealth Evaluators.

£5, all daytime activities are free

Evening is £5 bookable at

Hidden Histories Seminar

Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 November

At Plymouth University – organised by Reach South West and hosted in conjunction with Plymouth University, with funding from Arts Council England

Speakers include:

Rachel Lang on ‘The Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project’

And on Black British History:

Lucy MacKeith on ‘Marginal Stories? Moving our stories to the Centre’

Joanna Traynor on ‘History through a different lens’

S.I Martin – ‘From the Local to the Global: Black histories for new audiences’

Ghee Bowman – ‘Telling Stories together: how we made a hidden history project that worked’

Further details at


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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