What's On

Join us for our regular monthly meetings - see below for details.

Visit our Calendar for interesting events around the region. Contact us if you have an event you would like to share to a wider audience.

Wednesday 2nd Oct - Black to the Future 2019

Black to the Future 2019, Wed 2nd October, 6.15pm, Fulwood Methodist Church, Watling Street Road, Preston PR2 8EA. Free event. All are welcome.

Members of Preston’s African and Caribbean communities celebrate their rich heritage and achievements through PBHG's annual ‘Black to the Future’ event.

Tuesday 8th Oct – Akwantu: The Journey - BHM Film at Jalgos

7pm at Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose Street, Preston, PR1 3XY.

A free event which will be of interest to local friends of IBAR and PBHG. Details clinton@prestonblackhistorygroup.org.uk

The film tells the story of one man's journey to confirm his ancestry as a Maroon. He travels to North America, Jamaica, and Ghana to confirm his belief.

Thursday 10th Oct – Funding Seminar – Blackburne House, Liverpool.

Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, Liverpool, L8 7PE, Liverpool. Includes a presentation from PBHG Chair, Clinton Smith about the experience of applying for and gaining government funding to celebrate the Windrush Generation in summer 2019 and the events that were presented. Details from clinton@prestonblackhistorygroup.org.uk

Saturday 12th October – A Celebration of the Windrush Generation

7.30pm, St John’s Church, Ayres Rd, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 7GX

Join us for an evening of poetry and music celebrating the rich history and culture of the Caribbean communities that settled in the UK post Windrush. Poet and musician Roger Robinson reads from his latest collection A Portable Paradise, exploring the changing faces of his two homes: London and Trinidad. Poet, literary activist and author of Another Crossing, Kadijah Ibrahim performs poetry inspired by her Jamaican heritage.

There will also be songs from Billie Meredith and new work from the Manchester based collective Young Identity.

Hosted in partnership with St John’s Church and Speaking Volumes.

Tickets: £10/5 Book on 0843 208 0500 or Manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

12th - 19th October – Hate Crime Awareness week, UCLan.

Saturday 12th Oct - Big Get Together – Jo Cox Foundation

10-3pm Foster building and Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

This will be a large drop-in community event to be held at UCLan in the Foster building and in the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre dedicated to murdered MP ‘Jo Cox’ Throughout the day there will be music, guest speakers and workshops. In Sir Tom we have mixed gender five aside football, with a trophy presented to the winner. Access the programme here. 

Monday 14th Oct  - Hate Crime Awareness training

10.00–11:00 am GR 276 Book here

Denise Chapman and Suely Ludgero-Newlove will deliver this session for Students, Staff and community. A session to give an overview of what is hate crime and how to report it.

Tuesday 15th Oct - Public Lecture: Perspectives on Hate Crime

11-1pm,  Venue: Leighton Building, Room LE 003 Book here

This lively session will introduce criminal legislation relating to specifically race ‘hate crime’, and how to recognise and address these.  It will also include academic perspectives on the impact on ‘hate crime’ on victims and their communities.  We are fortunate to have several first-person testimonies on the experience of hate crimes involving race, LGBT, and disability.   There will be time for questions and discussions.

Wednesday 16th Oct - Hate Crime Awareness training

1-2pm GR 348 Book here

Denise Chapman and Suely Ludgero-Newlove will deliver this session for Students, Staff and community. A session to give an overview of what is hate crime and how to report it.

Thursday 17th Oct - Cake not Hate event

All day – SU Atrium. Following the successful student engagement last year, the SU will repeat this event to promote the ‘Yes to Respect’ campaign and raise awareness of the 3rd part reporting centre. A selection of stakeholders’ stalls, including PBHG, will be included.

Monday 28th October - Queen Quet: “The Reality of Being Gullah/Geechee.”

12.30 to 2.30 pm. Creative Innovation Zone (ME 414), Media Factory, Kirkham Street, PR1 2HE (Sat-Nav/mobile maps postcode PR1 1JN). The event is free, but please register on Eventbrite by clicking on this link.

Hosted by IBAR at UCLan. This event will take place as part of UCLan’s English Literature & Creative Writing ‘In Conversation Series.’

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation on the Sea Islands off the south-eastern coast of the United States, will be giving an interactive histo-musical presentation.  

Wednesday 30th October - Learie Constantine: A Nelson Lad from Trinidad (Nelson)

at 13:00 Nelson Library, Market Square, Nelson, BB9 7PU

Wednesday 30th October - Poetry & Prose: Black History Month (Nelson)

at 14:00 Nelson Library, Market Square, Nelson, BB9 7PU

What's Happening

Our next regular meeting will be our AGM on Tuesday 12th Nov, 6.30 at Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose St, Preston PR1 3XY. All welcome for a review of 2019

We invite our friends and supporters to a Food Social on Tuesday 19th Nov details TBC (self funded). Come along and get to know us and one-another.

Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 6.30pm,  Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose St, Preston and will be on our calendar and Facebook page. We take a break after a busy Black History Month in October and our AGM in November so meetings will re-start in 2020. All welcome to plan exciting events for 2020

PBHG are working on an interesting programme of events throughout the year - watch this space.

  • In 1924 Carter G. Woodson founded what would become African (Black) History Month to educate the world about Africa and its contributions to human history. The Preston Black History Group was set up in 2002 (and incorporated in 2011) to research, celebrate and find ways to collect local and regional black history. We produce a range of activities for Black History Month and throughout the year. We develop ideas with groups and organisations to share our history and culture. We want to find out more so we can work to educate and inspire our families, community, future generations and ourselves.   Preston Black History Group works to:


    • Highlight the achievements of people of African descent
    • Motivate community and social development
    • Promote confidence in social enterprise
    • Share our histories with the wider community.