Black History Month archive open day

Saturday 21 October

Delve into PHM’s incredible archive collection to celebrate Black History Month 2023.


The museum’s archive focuses on labour history, and the related movements, campaigns, and organisations that form part of that history – of which Black people have been an integral part.

Talk to our expert Archive Team about how the collection continues to grow today and how it is used by communities, researchers, and individuals to explore the social and political stories of the past.

Material to explore:

  • The Thomas Bangbala collection, sharing Bangbala’s incredible work as a political activist and trade unionist campaigning for Black people’s rights
  • Photographs of anti-fascist and anti-National Front demonstrations
  • Material from London’s Notting Hill Carnival
  • The book of Lord Bryon’s poetry presented to Black Chartist convention delegate William Cuffay in 1849
  • Labour Party archive material concerning race relations and immigration, particularly through the 1950s to 1970s, and items from the party’s Black Sections and Race Action Group
  • Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) material including from the CPGB National Race Relations Committee
  • Pamphlets and leaflets on anti-colonialism, anti-‘racialism’ and anti-apartheid

Suitable for 11+ (under 18s must have an accompanying adult)

  • Drop in any time during the event
  • If you require British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation and/or Audio Description please contact or 0161 838 9190

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