Portsmouth Black History: Recovering untold stories for new generations

Saturday 17 July 2021

The event is an opportunity for community representatives, educators and public history professionals to share knowledge and experience

Event details:

Saturday 17 July 2021, 09.30 – 16.00.

  • 9.30 – 10am – Registration, Refreshments and Time to Browse the Displays.
  • Formal activities will begin at 10am.

Portland Building, Portland Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH

The event is Free, but please register by 9 July at 12pm.

What to expect:

  • Opportunities to network and collaborate.
  • Talks by guest speakers on aspects of Portsmouth’s Black History.
  • Displays and resources from Portsmouth’s leading Museums and Archives, community heritage projects, and research from the University of Portsmouth.
  • Opportunities to share experience and workshop towards new ideas and initiatives which will enhance Portsmouth’s Black History provision, not just in ‘history’, but all subjects including the creative arts, literacy, citizenship and STEM!
  • Live music from Terrell the Poet.
  • BBQ lunch and refreshments provided.

About Portsmouth Black History:

Like many port cities, places of arrival and exchange, Portsmouth has a long Black history. Unlike cities such as Liverpool, Hull, Bristol and London, however, this is almost entirely absent from our museums, school programmes and outdoor public spaces. This project brings together local academics, community activists, curators, archivists and teachers in a collaborative project which seeks to (1) consolidate and enrich our knowledge about Portsmouth’s Black history (2) engage local communities in the co-production of this knowledge (3) produce teaching materials for local schools about local Black history, to embed it in every level of the curriculum (4) work with the local community to determine the most effective ways to permanently raise the visibility of Portsmouth’s Black history, thinking creatively about the artistic, educational and digital forms which this might take.