Black History Month & Beyond

In October 2020, Manchester Museum launched ‘Black History Month and Beyond’, a programme that aims to open up the Museum as a platform for amplifying black voices and stories. The call for proposals invited young people, community groups, creative practitioners and researchers to submit a proposal for new programmes, projects or events that responded to Black History Month, from fashion to food, films to panel discussions, and poetry to blogs. The very best submissions were selected last year and we’re excited to be working with four partners to support four amazing projects that will be showcased in the build-up to Black History Month 2021.

Simone Trumpet,

Genevieve Bent
Kemi Oloyede
Young Black Teachers Network

Join us for a two part interactive and creative workshop with Artist Simone Trumpet and Kemi Oloyede from Young Black Teachers Network.

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Part 1: Science of Afro Hair

This will be a chance to learn what makes afro-hair the way it is and the various textures. The session will be led by Genevieve Bent (Chemistry) & Kemi Oloyede (Biology) who are experienced secondary school Science teachers.

Part 2: Social Implications and History of Afro Hair

This will be a chance to learn about how afro hair is perceived in society by Black people and other races, as well as the natural hair movement, how afro hairstyles have changed over time and what the different styles represent to various groups around the world.

For ages 12+ and accompanying parent or carer

Tuesday 27 July

11am-1pm / Online (Zoom)


Black Spring Zine

“Black Spring exists as an expression of hope for a more equal, more diverse and more exciting future. We are tired of monotonous hegemony existing unchallenged and stifling diverse voices. We are tired of being on the margins within spaces which are supposedly for the marginalised. We are hopeful for a future that is for us and by us.”

- Black Spring Zine

As part of our Black History Month & Beyond programme, Manchester Museum has given support to assist wit the printing and design costs. Issue 1 sold out less than 48 hours after it was released, with all profits going to the National Black Arts Alliance, a Manchester-based black-led arts charity, so we are thrilled to be able to support the printing production of the Zine, with a restock coming to the museum shop soon!

Find out more from editors Claudia Kensani Saviotti and Marcus Clarke about this project to amplify the voices of musicians and fans of colour within alternative music spaces.

Welcoming to England

Thursday 29 July

7-8pm / Online (Zoom)

A film screening by Amber Akaunu, accompanied by a live performance from MC Nelson, followed by a discussion on what it means to be British and how/why artists like Amber Akaunu and MC Nelson explore this in their practice. 

Free, Ages 16+ years

Online session via zoom

Book in advance

Amber Akaunu is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and BAFTA scholar from Liverpool. Her work explores themes of belonging, identity, and Black culture. Amber's creative practice also expands to her role as the co-founder and editor of Liverpool based magazine, ROOT-ed. The platform aims to represent the underrepresented and has worked with numerous art institutions and individuals to do just that. Amber graduated from university in 2018 with a first-class degree in Fine Art and is now a current MA student at Goldsmiths College in London where she studies Screen Documentary.



REIYL Spaces

Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature are a collective of students, early career and established researchers who facilitate knowledge exchange on issues of inclusion, equity and justice in youth literature and media. These Manchester Museum conversations will focus on race and racism in depictions of museum spaces in youth literature.