2021: Our 10th anniversary year.

Check out our Calendar - we have updated with some fab and interesting Black History Month events for October 2021. 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.

Black History Month Events for October 2021

Ten Fantastic Years of Preston Black History Group

Tuesday 5th Oct 7pm - 9pm at Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose St, Preston.

We've moved our Anniversary celebration from the official date on 25th August to Black History Month in October. 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.

Music from across the Caribbean: songs and their back stories

Sunday Oct 17th, 4-7pm, Jalgos Sports and Social Club

Presented by David Knight, songs about life in the Caribbean with a particular interest in African instruments and South Asian influences.

Trip to the Rum Story in Whitehaven

Thursday 21st Oct, meet at 9am, Jalgos, Rose St, Preston

A minibus trip with our own tour guide at the Rum Story. First come – first served so book you place now! Travel cost will be £12.00. Lunch is not provided so bring your own – there is a cafe but previous experience was variable. Contact Clinton Smith clinton@prestonblackhistorygroup.org.uk for info and to book a place.

AKWANTU: The Journey - film showing and Q&A

Sunday 24th Oct, 3-6pm, Jalgos Sports and Social Club

A film by Roy T Anderson, Akwantu: the Journey is a ground-breaking documentary film that tells the story of the legendary Maroons of Jamaica and their gallant fight for freedom.

Film showing followed by a Q&A session with David Knight.

Frederick Douglass and the White Negro - film showing and Q&A

Sunday 31st Oct, 4-6pm, Jalgos Sports and Social Club

Frederick Douglass and the White Negro is a documentary telling the story of ex-slave, abolitionist, writer and politician Frederick Douglass and his escape to Ireland from America in the 1840s. After his escape from slavery and writing his autobiography which included all the actual names of his 'owners' to prove he was telling the truth, his only option was to leave his family behind and flee the United States of America since now his life was in danger.

Film showing followed by a Q&A session with Professor Alan Rice, Professor in English and American Studies, Director of UCLan Research Centre in Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX)

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

'Wisdom Shared' Moves to The Larder window for Black History Month 2021

In October 2020 we worked 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 Barrow and Bernie Velvick talking about the 'Wisdom Shared Trail'. Thanks to Rita Whitlock from the Harris and Kerry Tenby, Guest Curator, for all their help.


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 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 closing for refurbishment at the end of September 2021. You can visit the trail until then and from 4th October 2021 some of the artworks will be displayed in The Larder windows, 50 Lancaster Rd Preston PR1 1DD,

Here's a preview of the installations at the Harris

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