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Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates the contribution of Black, African and Caribbean communities locally and across the globe.

Hackney Council is marking this year's Black History Month with a special exhibition 'Strike a Pose' at Hackney Museum. The exhibition features photographic portraits of local people capturing the essence of the 1970s.

As well as highlighting contributions made by the Black community, there will also be a wide range of events for children, schools and young people.

All events are free but you may in advance, so please check the relevant details in the programme and keep an eye on the website for exciting new additions to our event programme.

Last year's events attracted our biggest turnout yet. We want you to join us and celebrate Black History Month 2014 in Hackney.

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Events and exhibitions

Putting the Black in the Union Jack: Reclaiming Black British histories

Saturday 8 November, time TBC, Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH

What makes a 'nation'? What is 'national history'? Who belongs in the story? Why does it matter? The black presence in Britain has a long and rich history and yet black British history has often been marginalised. This event will explore some of the key periods within British national history through the lens of the black experience. It will explore the ways in which we can tell these histories through the stories of African men, women and children and their descendants and showcase some of the best of black British culture including readings by Andrea Stuart and S.I. Martin as well as performances from poets, musicians and DJs.

For adults. Tickets to the event are free and you will be able to book your place on line through Eventbrite. For further information contact or 020 8356 2509.

Strike a Pose - Portraits from Gibson's Photo Studio in Hackney

1 October 2014-17 January 2015, Hackney Museum

This unique exhibition shows the many faces of Hackney during the 1970s, including wedding parties outside Hackney Town Hall from African, Asian and Caribbean families; studio portraits with nurses from the Caribbean in their uniforms; family portraits at home; university graduations and all the fashion and styles of the decade.

Visit the exhibition and see if you can identify some of the people in the photos.

What a Journey! - Retired Caribbean Nurses and the NHS

10 September 2014 - 17 January 2015, Hackney Museum

This special exhibition in partnership with Black Women in the Arts shares the experiences of retired Caribbean nurses who served in Hackney and neighbouring areas from 1949 to 1970. The NHS was set up in 1948 in the aftermath of the Second World War during a shortage of labour. They recruited staff for this new service directly from the Caribbean. Thousands of people travelled to this country to be trained as nurses to help improve the health of others. Through this exhibition you will hear nurses' stories of commitment, dedication and life long friendships.

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Who were the Slave Owners of Hackney?

1 October 2014-7 February 2015, Hackney Museum

Many wealthy people moved to Hackney - some had made their money through connections to slavery, some owned slaves, others lent money to slave owners and others sold goods produced by slave labour.

This exhibition explores aspects of Hackney's slave owners during the 18th and 19th centuries, in partnership with the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at University College London.

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Page updated: 5 Nov 2014 

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