2021: our 10th anniversary year.

Check out our Calendar - we'll update with interesting events as we plan them and find out about them. If you have an event to share please email our Chair Clinton Smith clinton@prestonblackhistorygroup.org.uk and we'll get it uploaded as soon as we can.

We are tentatively restarting our regular monthly meetings with our core group of six on the 2nd Tuesday each month at Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose St, Preston. Next meeting is 6.30pm on Tuesday 8th June 2021

The provisional date for our 10th Anniversary Celebration is Tuesday 17th August 2021, 7pm at Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose St, Preston. Plans will be confirmed as the Covid situation clarifies.

We're adding more events through-out the year on our NEWS page.

Arts and Activism Webinars

Fantastic series of webinars from IBAR (Institute for Black Atlantic Research at UCLan) and PBHG. Arts - Activism in the Age of Black Lives Matter Webinar Series - https://ibaruclan.com/arts-and-activism-in-the-age-of-black-lives-matter-webinar-series/ Showcasing some of our own Preston based artist/activists Nadine J Knight and Phil Kaila, Jade Montserrat IBAR Artist in Residence as well as Tayo Aluko from Liverpool and the Othello Project at the Royal Shakespeare Co. Don't miss this exciting opportunity.

Tuesday 8 June, 16:30-17:30 | Tayo Aluko

Tuesday 15 June, 16:30-17:30 | The Othello Project

Tuesday 22 June, 16:30-17:30 | Nadine Knight

Tuesday 29 June, 16:30-17:30 | Jade Montserrat

Tuesday 6 July, 16:30-17:30 | Phil Kaila

St Vincent Relief Drive: May 2021

PBHG Chair has been active in spearheading the St Vincent Relief Drive in Preston with other community groups, collecting essential supplies at Jalgos Sports and Social Club. The supplies will be taken to Liverpool for transport to St Vincent ASAP to alleviate the hardships caused to the 16,000 people who have had to flee their ash-covered communities after the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in early April.

Memorial to Zong: until Sep 2021

Lubaina Himid’s fantastic exhibition, Memorial to Zong, is currently at the Lancaster Maritime Museum. Turner Prize Winner, Professor Lubaina Himid’s exhibition is a powerful re-interpretation of the history and brutality of the slave trade and remembers the Zong Massacre.

Professor Alan Rice, together with the team at the museum and a variety of contributors, has developed a virtual exhibition which is now available online at https://visitlancaster.org.uk/whats-on/memorial-to-zong/

Wisdom Shared Trail at the Harris, Preston: October 2020 and ongoing

We’ve been working with the Harris in Preston on an art project that brings the voices of our group members into the Museum in seven installations through-out the building. Here's a link to Joseph and Bernie talking about the 'Wisdom Shared Trail' https://www.theharris.org.uk/product/preston-black-history-group-wisdom-shared-trail/

In the artworks our group members words are in conversation with the Harris collections, the building and the City of Preston through the gallery windows. The Harris have changed their labels in the displays about 'Cotton' and ceramics to widen the narratives and to include references to the cotton and sugar trades and the enslaved people whose contribution has been left out until now.

The Harris is now open to the public soon so you can visit our trail. Here's a preview.

What's Happening

Regular meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 6.30pm,  Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose St, Preston (Covid restrictions allowing). The dates will be on our calendar and Facebook page. Here’s to a safe and healthy 2021

We are hoping to resart our trips, social, and educational visits in the near future. Please contact PBHG chair Clinton Smith for info:

PBHG will begin again 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
  • Share our histories with the wider community.
  • Motivate community and social development
  • Promote confidence in social enterprise