Black History Month

October sees the return of Black History Month, an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of black people in the UK and the vital part they have played in the development of this country.

Merton Heritage Service has brought together a range of resources, displays, archive film, reminiscence materials, puzzles and children's activities to enable you to join the celebration and learn more about Black history.


Click on the links below to access a range of resources linked to the Caribbean community in Merton and the UK.

Empire Windrush

Windrush resources

A collection including displays, film, puzzles, reminiscence, recipes and  activities for young and old.

Windrush interviewees

Windrush Interviews:

Click on the links to listen to recollections kindly provided by members of:

The West Indian Friends and Families Association.

Please Note: Some of the films contain terms that may cause offence.

We have left them unedited, as they reflect the ignorance and prejudice experienced by members of the Windrush Generation and their descendants.

      Home and the UK          Travelling to the UK         Working in the UK

            Challenges                    Living in the UK                Windrush Views                       




Online displays:

Merton's black history

Merton's Black History : An A-Z Pt 1

Merton's Black History: An A-Z Pt 2

Anti-slavery cartoon

William Wilberforce: MP and anti-slavery campaigner

British West Indies Regiment

Unsung Heroes of World War 1.


Words and Pictures:

George the poet

George the Poet: Black History Month

J Chambers: Black History Poem

Black History Month 2020: Let's talk about race


Akala, rapper and journalist

Black History Month in Britain

Black British History:  Intro Pt 1

Black British History Intro Pt 2



Students at Surrey University

Unite celebrates Black History

Black Britons Who Paved the Way

This Story is the Future

Black History Month at Surrey



Useful websites:

Click on the links below to access websites about black history, people, places and educational resources.

Black History Month logo

Black History Month 2021

Historic England: Black History

Black Lives in the 18th Century 







Black British history You may not know about.

History Today: Black People in Britain

Black History Studies


Celebrating London's black history

Black History Walks & Talks

Celebrating London's Black History

Celebrating Overlooked Figures



Mary Seacole

7 Black Women Who Shaped British History

The Black Presence in Britain

100 Great Black Britons


school resources

Black History: Teaching resources

Black History ( for children )

Heritage Calling


Anti racism protestors

Black Britain: Photographic History

Staying Power

Black History Timeline



Merton Organisations:

The following organisations are involved with offering support services, raising awareness of black history and promoting cultural exchange.

BAME Voice event


Ghanaian Parents Association


WIFFA members

West Indian Friends & Families Association

Black Cultural Associations


Sutton Black History Group

Positive Network


Research Guides:

Tracing Caribbean ancestry

Researching African Caribbean Ancestry


Black Cultural Archives, London

Black Cultural Archives

Black British History on Record 


British Library, London

Black Britain ( British Library )

British Black History resource links



Test Your Knowledge:

Black Lives Matter

Black History Month Quiz

Quiz Answers


Wilson Hospital nurses

Merton's Black History Quiz

Quiz Answers





Trailblazers Word Search

Trailblazers Answers & Information


Windrush immigrants

Black Cultural Connection

( Assorted quizzes on African American history )


Children's Resources:

Learn About Africa ( for Kids )

Kids Black History - African Facts

Kids Black History: African is Rich

Kids Black History :The Light Bulb

Kids Black History; African Languages

CBeebies - Black History

CBeebies: Family & Food

Black History Timeline

Horrible Histories: Black History

Britain's Black History (K. Stage 3))


African paper plate mask

Black History Month colouring sheet

Ghana Craft for 6-11 year olds

African drum-making for children

African mask-making

Classroom Art: Black History Month

Beautiful Blackbird: BHM Craft


Aboyomi dolls

Jamaican Flag craft for children

Aboyomi Doll craft

African paper-plate necklace

Kenya craft for 0-5

Kenya Craft for 6 - 11

DIY Rainmaker ( South Africa )



To view more Merton heritage resources, visit our History Pages & Activities section.