British museums are preparing to celebrate Black History Month – 71Bait

British museums are gearing up for Black History Month this October as they unveil their plans for exhibitions and events celebrating African and Caribbean culture, art and history.

The National Museums Liverpool have announced their 2022 program which will feature a special after-hours event at the Walker Art Gallery on October 14, developed in partnership with The Goddess Projects.

It said the event will encourage visitors to look at some of the artworks in the Walker collection and “how we can reclaim space today through life drawing.”

Attendees at the event will participate in nude drawing sessions with models that are “more representative of contemporary bodies and society — aiming to reflect the power and strength of black women.”

Other events include family crafts about Museum of Liverpool and Maritime Museuma new exhibition of artwork by Merseyside schoolchildren celebrating Great Black Britons at the International Slavery Museum and explorations of medical racism at the Museum of Liverpool.

Matt Exley, Participation Producer at National Museums Liverpool said: “Our annual Black History Month celebrations are an important part of the NML calendar and help us continue to expand our year-round activism – from our work on Slavery Remembrance Day to LGBT+ From History Month leading up to International Women’s Day, it is paramount for NML that we continue to advocate for and represent voices that often go unheard.”

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be showing Mimesis: African Soldier from October until early next year as part of Bristol Museums’ Black History Month programme.

Acquired jointly in partnership with Glasgow Museums in 2019, the film uncovers the undisputed story of the Commonwealth soldiers who volunteered to fight in the First World War. There will also be a series of online talks hosted by M-Shed and Bristol Museum & Gallery.

That London Museum will celebrate the event with a program of readings, talks, tours and activities.

The museum has announced that this year’s program will highlight the history of black British women in partnership with The Heritage & Honor Collection, a creative social enterprise that documents and collects the history of black British women from 1500 to 1999.

Producer and founder Winnie Imara will be hosting workshops for adults and families on Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd October, focusing on inspiring London-based black women in history, coupled with creative writing and crafts .

Throughout the month the museum hosts a series of short lectures, tours and poetry readings highlighting people and stories including Dido Belle, Mary Seacole, Windrush stories, the Brixton riots, punk and more.

The museum is also hosting an After-Hour Curator’s Talks program exploring various eras of the city’s history from prehistory to the present, which will be attended by Senior Curator Francis Marshall and Senior Curator Rebecca Redfern.

Until November, the museum will host writer Yomi Sode and poet, director and inaugural London Youth Prize winner Caleb Femi for an evening of poetry readings, a screening and a discussion on poetry and dirt.

Black History Wales launch celebrations take place St Fagans National Museum of History on 1 October 2022. Amgueddfa Cymru in partnership with Race Council Cymru mark the celebrations with a day of events dedicated to Young People, the time is now! The day will celebrate the history, culture and contributions of people of Black African and African-Caribbean heritage through music, performance and art. There will be a Black History Wales marketplace with produce for sale and tastings from African and Caribbean pop-up stalls.

Nia Williams, Director of Learning and Public Programs said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Race Council Cymru to host a day showcasing the best of Black History Wales at St Fagans.”

A free guided tour of Thomas Stuart Smith’s black portraits will be available as part of The Smith’s Black History Month tour series at The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum on October 7th and 21st. The tour is part of Black History Month Scotland.

Exhibitions and Events Director Heather Carroll guides through Thomas Stuart Smith’s portraits of black sitters, including the stories behind the paintings of three unknown black men and how they depict complex portraits of race in Victorian Britain.

The Jewish Museum London will celebrate two important women in the Tanakh – Zipporah, the wife of Moses and the Queen of Sheba. From October 23-27, attendees will bake bread inspired by Black Jewish cuisine, manipulate items associated with Black Jewish communities, and learn about the history behind those items. The museum also offers a tour that features objects in its collection that reflect black and Jewish history, “the role of ‘blackness’ in religious texts, the impact of the allies between communities, the intersection of black and Jewish identities, and much more more .”

In the British Museum, a Black History Tour Black History Studies will be conducted. The tour, which will take place on October 16, aims to “inspire, engage and educate the community about the artifacts held at the British Museum on African History, with the goal of sparking interest in this area of ​​study for future generations.” During The tour highlights the Benin bronzes and artifacts in the Egyptian Gallery.

The Museum of the Bank of England will host an event on October 20th to launch its ‘Slavery & the Bank’ exhibition, which will explore the history of transatlantic slavery through its association with the Bank of England and the City of London. The event includes an archive table with original documents, a curator-led tour and a lecture by Dr. Michael Bennett, exhibition researcher for the exhibition.

The David Livingstone Birthplace Museum will host a two-day event October 22-23 organized by Scottish-Zimbabwean artist and researcher Natasha Thembiso Ruwona. Our Stories Between the Myths and Memories brings a variety of creative practitioners from the African Scottish diaspora to the museum to tell stories through fiction, history, poetry, dance, music and workshops.

at the horn man, among a series of exhibitions and events throughout October includes the free exhibition Intimate Archives. Running through November, the exhibition aims to provide “an insight into the social experimentation, rituals and hair care practices of the African diaspora” with a compilation of personal and found collections, Horniman Museum archives and artistic collaborations.

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