1 October 2018 (until 31 Dec 2018)

The story of Cambridge University’s black students from 1745 to the present day is told in a series of captivating portraits by some of the world’s greatest photographers.

Visitors will see rare archive photography such as Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya in a private moment at the United Nations, legendary social scientist Archie Mafeje strolling through Cape Town as well as iconic shots of screen stars Thandie Newton and Naomie Harris.

They will also enjoy newly commissioned portraits of classical composer Errollyn Wallen, playwright Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan and MP Diane Abbott.

The exhibition is curated by the Black Cantabs Research Society, a student group dedicated to telling the lost or forgotten stories of Cambridge’s black students.

The stories behind each portrait will be explored in accompanying text, charting histories from the forgotten pioneers of centuries past to the celebrated successes of today.

This exhibition will be the first time visitors can enjoy open access to the historic Royal Corridor of Cambridge University Library, while exploring ideas of black scholarship, celebrity and struggle.

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