Black History Month at the University of Birmingham

Throughout October, Black History Month celebrates the culture and histories of black communities within Birmingham. At the University of Birmingham a wide range of events which are open to all, including the public, are being held for this year’s theme, ‘Let’s Talk about Race’. Co-ordinated by the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Staff Network and with the support of staff and students from across the University, various events taking place across campus and the wider city of Birmingham include related discussions of some of the University’s collections and current research taking place.

For instance an upcoming talk hosted by Research and Cultural Collections on ‘Representations of Colonial era ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ in the Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts’ will discuss a selection of Nigerian artists represented within the collection to explore their ideas and perspectives on the┬árepresentation of identity through material culture. Further details about this particular event can be found here.

Another event taking place at the University of Birmingham includes a free behind the scenes tour at the Cadbury Research Library, which provides an insight into the research facilities, conservation studio and a glimpse of some important archives and rare books related to Black History. Further details including how to book a place on the tour can be found here.

To see the full programme of events across October, visit the University webpage.