Category Archives: Black History Month

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Britain’s Hidden Black Histories

AUTHOR: KELLE PEARCE Did you know that the first record of Black dwellers in Britain was right here in Cumbria? An inscription dating from between 253-258 AD was discovered in the Cumbrian village of Burgh-by-Sands, which is close to a fort along the Western edge of Hadrian’s wall. It is documented that a unit of […]

Uprisings, Rebellion, Activism and Abolition

  Author: Janett Walker The history told to us would have us believe that abolition here in Britain was down to one White man; William Wilberforce. Heck, they even made a film about him just a few years ago, demonstrating at every turn, that William, the parliamentary abolitionist, a brave and visionary soul, practically single-handedly […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Invention of Racism

AUTHOR: MERRY FOWLER AND CONTRIBUTORS Content warning: Two examples of historic racist imagery, used to depict what pseudo-science was being used. Historical engraving depicting enslaved people on a plantation. Historic use of racist language.  The invention of racism  “The modern day use of ‘race’ is a human invention”- Natural Museum of African American History & […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Cumbria’s Connections To Slavery

AUTHOR: KELLE PEARCE Like many people growing up in Cumbria, I had a vague knowledge of Whitehaven’s links with slavery, but perhaps unsurprisingly it wasn’t explained or explored with much vigour. Even today, when researching the town’s history, there are often very hushed & ambiguous references of the town being ‘involved in Atlantic trade’. But […]

The Trans-Atlantic Trafficking of Enslaved People in the context of slavery at the time

CONTENT WARNING: Historical images of enslaved people in chattel slavery, pictures and descriptions of slavery and enslaved people. One image shows the back of an enslaved man named Peter. His back has been disfigured as a result of the whippings he endured. Some contextual historical use of language. Author: Sophia Newton Many people are keen […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Resources For Cumbrian Schools

Black History Month is incredibly important in educational settings. Until the curriculum reflects a broader view, this month can be a chance for schools to introduce hidden histories that may normally remain unheard. In order to see how we got to where we are today, we must understand the significance of Black stories and contributions […]

Local Black History Exhibition in partnership with The Rum Story Whitehaven

7 OCT – 31 OCT The Courtyard of The Rum Story, Whitehaven Thu – Sun 10:00 – 16:00 We are delighted to have collaborated with The Rum Story in Whitehaven on an exhibition being held to celebrate Black History Month will focus on the lives of influential black people in Cumbria’s past and present. The […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The true varied, modern and innovative nature of so-called ‘primitive’ African Art

AUTHOR: MEG GUY The African continent spans 30.37 million square kilometres and encompasses an area large enough to fit the United States, China, India, Japan Mexico and more within its borders. A diverse land mass, it features everything from mountains to deserts, to jagged coastlines and is home to over 1.37 billion people. In terms […]

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021: WHAT WE’RE DOING.

This time last year the UK was still in the midst of a media storm around racism. Protests were taking place worldwide and social media feeds were peppered with infographics, black squares and outcries of injustice. Black History Month 2020 felt more poignant than ever: after all, education is absolutely key to opening minds and […]