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Black History Month

Redbridge Libraries are hosting a programme of events and activities for Black History Month during the month of October.

This national celebration aims to recognise Black contributions to society and to foster an understanding of Black history in general. We’ve lots going on throughout October so please come along, learn and celebrate!

Here’s what we did last year

Here is a short clip of our programme from 2021, watch our short video here:

Redbridge Libraries Events

We are currently developing our programme for Black History Month, please check back in September for more details.

Untold Histories Black people in Essex before the Windrush

A short film with Genealogist and Historian Kathy Charter which explores the untold story about Black people in Britain before the Windrush, with an emphasis on East London and Essex.

Please watch the short film below or via youtube.

Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre events

Essex to Ethiopia: Sylvia Pankhurst

During Black History Month, Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre will be highlighting Sylvia Pankhurst’s strong connections to Ethiopia through the launch of a new website .

Sylvia Pankhurst lived in Woodford from 1924 – 1956 and is best known as a suffragette and political campaigner. She fought for Ethiopian independence after it was invaded by Fascist Italy in 1935. An early supporter of the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, Sylvia edited the New Times and Ethiopia News from her Woodford home for many years before moving to Ethiopia in 1956.

Memories of Windrush

Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre has made a film which explores the memories and experiences of the Windrush generation who settled in the London Borough of Redbridge. Watch the video below or via youtube.

Black History sessions for Schools

Redbridge Museum offers education sessions for schools including ‘Suitcase Stories’ which looks at migration from the Caribbean into Redbridge from the 1960s; and ‘We Were Not Alone: Commonwealth Contributions to the Second World War’. Find out how to get involved on our Schools at the Museum page.

Reading and Resources

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Information and Resources