‘Black History Month has never felt so important. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, people around the world have come together to fight against racism and police brutality with the #BlackLivesMatter movement inspiring individuals and organisations to learn, reflect and act against racism in all its forms.’ – Catherine Ross and Lynda Burrell of Museumand
This year’s Black History Month is going to prove difficult since most events are going to be virtual, and sharing the details widely is going to be difficult. Hopefully organisations will post their events on www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk and local authorities and their library managers on their websites, like:
It is worth keeping an eye on
There will also be private Zoom talks. I, for example, will be giving a Zoom talk for my Croydon United Retired Members branch this week. The major event is the What’s Happening in British Black History? workshop on line on 14 October – see details below. Museumand has organised a wide range of film and music events on line – see below. Later in the month my pre-recorded Zoom talk about John Archer will be shown as part of a documentary put together by GLL which runs Wandsworth Library & Heritage Service. I will also be doing a Zoom talk for Durham University’s BHM. If you want to read on relevant subjects and individuals during the Month I still have some copies of relevant books and pamphlets for sale. See details at
Sunday 27 September. 9pm. Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History
BBC4. Trailer: https://youtu.be/iTJEaslnyUs
iPlayer after broadcast: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000n18w
Includes Miranda Kaufmann on John Blanke.
Monday 5 October. 6.30pm. Celebrating Paul Robeson: The Proud Valley
Stephen Bourne, writing for the BFI Screenonline, notes that ‘The film enabled Robeson to express his socialist beliefs and portray the struggles of the working-class people of South Wales, and he found making it a rewarding experience. “It was the one film I could be proud of having played in,” he said, “That, and the early part of Song of Freedom.”
Thursday 8 October. 6.30-8.30pm. Commemorating Black British History in the Public Realm
Discussion with Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard,
Tony Warner, and community-led conversations on: memorialising victims of the Transatlantic slave trade, recognising/celebrating the Windrush generation and Black Britons/Pioneers missing from our public realm
October. Museumand’s Culture Calendar:
31 of the Best Black Culture Films
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October. Museumand Takeover of Together TV – Black Story Month
Catherine Ross and Lynda Burrell of Museumand will be taking over Together TV as guest editors throughout Black History Month. It will include a collection of films around the topic of Justice – including a short film about the felling of Bristol’s Colston statue, dn their film Nine Nights.
October. Museumand Easy Beats – Celebrating Black History Month 2020 Spotify Playlist
Satturday 10 October. 9pm. Nine Nights. Museumand film about Caribbean funeral traditions in the UK, which won an NIMFEST award for best film.
Wednesday 14 October. ‘What’s Happening in Black British History? Transnational Virtual Workshop
See programme details below.
Saturday 17 October. 9.45pm. Nine Nights – see 10 October.
Thursday 22 October. Publucation of Part 5 of Museum and’s 70 Objeks & Tings
Saturday 24 October. 10.15pm. Nine Nights – see 10 October.
‘What’s Happening in Black British History?
Transnational Virtual Workshop
‘Early pan-African endeavours in the black Atlantic world, 1890-1912’, David Killingray (ICwS).
‘Militant Diaspora: The International African Service Bureau and the Caribbean Labour Rebellions’, Kesewa John (University of Chichester).
‘The West Indian Federation and the Caribbean diaspora in Britain’, Ellie Kramer-Taylor (KCL).
‘Racism as structural violence: The case of British African-Caribbean People’, Shireen Mushtaq with Aiman Iqbal and Arooba Ali (Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan).
‘Black Sections in the Labour Party 1983-7: Apartheid, Colonialism and understandings of anti-racism in Britain’, Dr Robin Bunce (Homerton College, University of Cambridge).
Stephen Bourne. New book Under Fire: Black Britain in Wartime).
Kathleen Chater. New book. Henry Box Brown: From Slavery to Show Business.
Shirly J. Thompson. New Book. House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons by Kadie Kanneh-Mason.
‘Girl/Ship: Challenging Geographic, Historical, and Formal Historical Methods in Black British Studies’, Samantha Pinto (University of Texas at Austin).
‘Claiming Mary Seacole’, Jordan Harris (University of Leicester).
‘Josephine Morcashani: A Briton Performing Black Femininity on Stages across Europe’, Jeff Bowersox (UCL).
To take part go to:
Museumand Seek Funding Support
Sculptors Of American Suffragist Black Women
What’s Behind The Sudden Spate Of Attacks on Bollywood?
Article examining the history behind attempts of the right wing to politically control film production, including the Nazis and MCcarthyism.
Intercolonial Slave Trade In British America
Stephen Bourne’s BBC Radio Appearance
The Good Old Cause
New pamphlet by David Morgan. The Good Old Cause. Communist Intellectuals and the English Radical Traditon, published by Socialist History Society. £4.
Battersea in the 1860s and 1870s
New PDF pamphlet by me.