Black History

Black History is Part of Gloucester’s Story   

A collection of videos, talks and an interactive map which focus on the Black history of Gloucester.

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.

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 Map

Explore the Barton and Tredworth map, an area in Gloucester rich in Black history.

Insightful Talks Online

Top historians and authors discuss Black History and share thoughts on present-day politics.

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

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 

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