Black History Month

Black History is Part of Gloucester’s Story   

A collection of videos, talks and an interactive map curated for Black History Month.

Black history is an important part of Gloucester’s past and present and each festival we programme events that take a deeper look into the lives, experiences and history of Black people of Gloucester. We believe the festival is for everyone and we always strive to give a voice to our community, as well as presenting diverse histories within our talks programme.



We See Gloucester

View the City through the lens of Black Photographers, exploring perception, prejudices, struggles and identity.
Elle Bry Thomas, Phil Campbell and Dominic Lofters exhibitions are also available to view in person at Kings Square throughout October.

Life in Lockdown

Interviews with Black Elders on their experience of Lockdown, thoughts on faith, our planet and feelings around the Black Lives Matter movement.

Gloucester Firsts

Discover moments that changed history, from the first black-owned shop in the city to the first mosque

Interactive Black History Map

We have been building a Black History Map of Gloucester, this is a work in progress and you can let us know where you’d like to see added.

Insightful Talks Online

Top historians and authors discuss Black History and share thoughts on present-day politics – from the statues we choose to show to how lockdown has given a platform for so many voices.

David Olusoga In Conversation

Black British history is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. It is not a singular history but one that belongs to us all. David Olusoga discusses his groundbreaking book and tv series Black and British: A Forgotten History.

Available to watch online

100 Great Black Britons

Patrick Vernon and Dr Angelina Osborne join Pamela Armstrong to talk about some of the greatest figures on the latest list of 100 Black Britons. From abolitionists and industrial revolution-era social reformers to pioneers of modern nursing, beloved children’s authors and recipients of the Victoria Cross, 100 Great Black Britons is a national poll which celebrates the many ways in which Black Britons have challenged and overcome racial barriers to make notable advances in their field.

Available to watch online

Prisoners of History

All over the world people are looking again at the statues and memorials in their cities. In this compelling talk historian Keith Lowe uses monuments from around the world to tell the story of how different countries have attempted to sculpt their history and what these memorials really reveal about their politics and national identity today.

Available to watch online 

Mary Beard In Conversation

Author, Professor, Editor, Broadcaster and Presenter Mary Beard joins Janina Ramirez for an hour of unmissable conversation, from how lockdown will transform learning to how it has helped amplify the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Available to watch online 

African Europeans: An Untold History

Top historian Olivette Otele returns to the festival to explore the long history of Europeans of African descent, tracing an old and diverse African heritage in Europe through the lives of individuals both ordinary and extraordinary.

Available to watch online

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