Royal Museums Greenwich’s Black History Month 2020 – Global Greenwich: Reframing Black Histories

A museum will open a season of events in October for Black History Month which will explore the way Black history is told celebrate achievements from the diaspora.

Royal Museums Greenwich has lined up a series of events across their historic buildings to be inclusive of all age groups and showcases an annual programme of activity celebrating the achievements of people of African descent.

The programme is made up of three strands: Celebrating Black Histories; Re-telling Whitewashed Histories; and Black Futures.

It involves a range of activities from online drawing classes to free in-person museum tours – all developed to raise the profile of Black history.

This is an opportunity to explore and present stories of individuals and wider communities and retell British history.

“As a national museum with community values at its heart Royal Museums Greenwich is deeply committed to sharing Black history and the invaluable contribution of the African diaspora to British society,” said Sarah Lockwood, head of learning and interpretation at the National Maritime Museum.

“We recognise in the past we have failed in this mission and would like to use Black History Month 2020 to signal our plan to do better.

“Each October we celebrate Black History Month, but we believe we should be promoting these histories every day of the year.

“We are offering a programme of events designed to inspire our visitors to learn more about a part of British history that has frequently been ignored or whitewashed in the past.”

Some of the highlights include: Black History Museum Online Trail at the Cutty Sark; online drawing workshop with Christy Symington; Black Women and the Waves, an online talk and Q&A Session; and Windrush – Online an intergenerational project bring together young people from the local area to share and record stories of the Windrush generation.

There are many more activities and exhibitions which can be found at https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/black-history-month


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