2021: Our 10th anniversary year.

Check out our Calendar - we'll be updating with some fab and interesting Black History Month events in the very near future. Lots to get involved in! If you have a BHM event to share please email our Chair Clinton Smith clinton@prestonblackhistorygroup.org.uk and we'll get details uploaded as soon as we can.

We have restarted our regular monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday each month at Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose St, Preston. After October, Black History Month we'll be having a food social in November and then a break over Christmas to kick off again in 2022.

Ten Fantastic Years of Preston Black History Group

We've moved our Anniversary celebration from the official date on 25th August to Black History Month in October, Tuesday 5th Oct 7pm - 9pm at Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose St, Preston. It'll be a packed programme of reminiscences, achievements and looking forward to the next 10 year! There will be light refreshments to share with all our well wishers.

We'll be adding more BHM events through-out the month of October on our NEWS page.

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