Exhibition – 60 Untold Stories of Black Britain

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2-31 October 2015

Professor Stuart Hall Building
Goldsmiths University of London

To mark Black History Month, this exhibition explores the life experiences of some of the first Black Caribbean children who successfully passed through the British Educational system and became integral members of the professional classes. Through photographic portraits and documentary screening, their struggles, resolutions and achievements are charted.

As the organizers of this event explain:

“These 60 subjects now aged 60 – 65, effectively formed the first Black middle class in this country, contributing greatly to both their communities and British society as a whole. It is important for their stories to be documented in order to educate and bring about a more holistic view of heritage in Britain. As individuals, they have become integral members of the professional classes and have greatly impacted and shaped the appearance of British society. This project preserves their memories, spanning from the 1950s to present day Britain, allowing a historical gap to be filled and an educational resource to be created. Subject matters include; race relations, cultural traditions, discreet geo-physical changes over time, formation of the Black middle class, with particular emphasis on educational experiences, professional struggles and resolutions and achievements.

The project provides the historical perspective needed in order to gain a holistic view of heritage in Britain. It provides a real educational opportunity which allows people to engage with another dimension of Black history. It answers the question ‘who are our black heroes?’. ‘Our’ is an inclusive term meaning British. Via the exposure of this lost heritage, communities, organisations and institutions may benefit from the critical engagement of this new material. By providing teachers with learning resources suitable across a wide educational spectrum, it provides a contextual basis for these contributes of British society to be located as role models for young people.”

More information can be found here.

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