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.

Windrush

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 2020

Historic England: Black History

Black Lives in the 18th Century 

 

Notting Hill Carnival

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

BAME Voice / AECHO

Ghanaian Parents Association

 

WIFFA members

West Indian Friends & Families Association

Black Cultural Associations

SACCO

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

 

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.