Black History Month

Brought to you by National Museums Liverpool
October, Various Times
Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1DG
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
International Slavery Museum, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Village, Lower Road, Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral, CH62 5EQ

Join the team at National Museums Liverpool for a number of not-to-be-missed events taking place across its museums and galleries to mark Black History Month.

Highlights from the events programme, which runs throughout October, include thought-provoking displays, topical talks and discussions, a series of film screenings and author-led storytelling for children.

Don’t miss a poignant talk by author Lucy Bland, drawing on research from her book Britain’s ‘Brown Babies’, the stories of children born to Black GIs and white women in the Second World War. The talk, to be held at Museum of Liverpool on 9 October, will focus on the children born to Black GIs and local women in Liverpool and Merseyside, during the Second World War. ‘Brown Babies’, a term coined in the 1940s by the African American press, referred to approximately 2,000 babies, born from relationships between Black GIs and the white women they met while stationed in the UK.

Also on 9 October, World Museum will host a panel discussion with members of Liverpool’s African diasporic community. Panel members will reflect on a series of workshops they attended at the Museum. The workshops were designed to help the Museum rethink the display of its Benin collection, and address historical legacies of injustice to create a more inclusive and engaging display.

On 16 October, head to Museum of Liverpool to enjoy Yore Lens on L8, a special screening of a series of short films and documentaries by Akoma Arts that celebrate decades of creativity, art, and history in the Liverpool 8 community. The films are a retrospective reinterpretation of archive footage, reconnecting the past and present and exploring Black Life in L8 through film.

There are plenty more events and activities taking place across National Museums Liverpool’s venues.

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