National Museums Liverpool have a bumper programme of events for Black History Month. Our volunteer, Louise Beard, has picked out some highlights:
Since 1987 October has been dedicated to highlighting Black history. For America, Black History Month began 61 years earlier in 1926. It might seem more relevant for a country whose history is steeped with well-known and influential Black figures. However, BHM in the UK also aims to emphasise the significance of Black people in British history; such as Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole who independently founded the British Hotel to nurse soldiers back to health during the Crimean war.
With the oldest black community in Europe, Liverpool has a major place in the UK’s Black history. National Museums Liverpool are hosting a number of different events which are aimed to inform and complement BHM.
A few that have caught my eye in particular are: the Black Community Trail at the Museum of Liverpool which highlights the contribution of Black people to Liverpool’s chequered history (daily from 15/10/12, 10-4pm). Also there is an exciting opportunity for young writers to meet Levi Tafari, who'll be helping visitors pen their own poems (23/10/12, 11-4pm).
At the International Slavery Museum there’s an alternative to the weekly body combat class with Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art (every Saturday, 10-12pm). Literary tastes are also accommodated with an exploration of Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ which looks colonialism (11/09/12, 10-12pm).
Naturally, amidst these events there are plentiful chances for children to craft masks, drums, tiles and quilts galore.
To find out more about the events taking place at National Museums Liverpool click here.