Reminiscence Black History Month

An exhibition in a library consisting of archival photographs, displayed books, and explanatory texts.

Caribbean and African images from The National Archives’ collection on display at Roehampton Library.

As part of Black History Month, the Outreach team at The National Archives set up a display at Roehampton Library. We shared a selection of our photographic records of everyday life in Africa and the Caribbean to a public audience. The display used these photographs to inspire and capture visitors’ memories on audio.

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A smiling man holds up a laminated monochrome photograph of a scene of people playing music in the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now Botswana).

Marcus holding the image of INF 10/54/21 – remembering guitar tuition in the townships.

The power of photography: Black History Month at Roehampton Library

As part of Black History Month, the Outreach team at The National Archives decamped to a community library to capture people’s views of some of our photographic collection and celebrate Black History Month.

Photographs evoke memories of the past both individually and collectively. During this Outreach session it was evident that our collection provoked memories of times past and in distant places, thousands of miles from Roehampton Library.

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