Stroud Green and Harringay Library is closed due to emergency works. The closest library is Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, N8 9JA.

Alexandra Park Library will be closed for major refurbishments until August 2022.

Black History Events

Enjoy events, activities, talks and much more - highlighting the significant contribution black people have made in Haringey, the UK and beyond. Take a look around our Black History Haringey 365 webpages where you will find lots of events, crafts, learning resources, quizzes and more...

These pages will be updated regularly with new events and activities happening in Haringey and online...all year round.

With guidelines on safe social distancing being regularly updated please: 

  • check with venues in advance of attending events in case of changes to listings or venue opening times
  • follow current government guidance. If in doubt please check with the venue for confirmation of their social distancing policies 

Current Events

Exhibition: We’re in Business: Art, Trade & Business of West Green Road - the Windrush Generation's Legacy

  • Until July 2022

Venue: Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NU

Explore the pioneering businesses, entrepreneurs and artists of the Windrush Generation in West Green Road in Tottenham.

This street has witnessed many important trailblazers and change-makers who, rooted in their communities, went on to succeed in building some of the most successful Black enterprises in this country.

From Dyke & Dryden’s beauty and hair products, becoming Britain’s first black multi-million-pound business, to Althea McNish, the internationally-renowned textile designer and artist who made West Green Road her home for over 60 years, you can find out more about the stories of these pioneers and others – all starting out and finding their feet in West Green Road.

Booking is required. Visit the Bruce Castle Museum webpage to book. 

For more information email museum.services@haringey.gov.uk

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Previous Events

Performance: Vest-igios

From Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 October 2021 Jackson's Lane held the London premiere of the internationally acclaimed Circolombia, for their re-opening season. Ves-tigios is all about brotherhoods, a journey through a dystopian wasteland, fusing stunning physical performance with film to create a remarkable visual journey infused with jaw dropping circus extravagant visions, terrifying acrobatics and unthinkable magic moments. A circus that changes the circus... you'll not come out unscathed.

Performed by Jose Henry Caycedo Casierra & Cristian David Trivino. 

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Young Curators, Future Histories – Telling and redefining stories from Haringey’s Black Heritage

On Monday 25 October 2021 Bruce Castle ran their first hybrid talk with guides Abondance (Heritage Assistant at Bruce Castle Museum and Archive) and Angela (Masters Postgraduate in Public History, Royal Holloway) who led people through the galleries at Bruce Castle Museum as they shared histories and stories about chosen objects, archives and art on display.


Haringey Creates: Diversifying the Creative Curriculum

On Monday 13 September 2021 Haringey Creates brought together teachers and artists to discuss how we can champion the work of our diverse artists in the borough and beyond and how we can link to HEP's BAME Achievement Pledge and LB Haringey's Black History Haringey 365. 

There were short presentations about work taking place locally, London-wide and nationally, discussions of priorities and a plan to develop two sessions for teachers in October and November. 


The Bernie Grant Arts Centre 2021 Windrush Festival 

Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX

From 21 - 27 June the Bernie Grant Arts Centre held a week of events including special guests, talks, music, activities and lots more to celebrate National Windrush Day.

The Windrush Festival also marked the reopening of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. 

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Celebrating Windrush Day with Haringey Learning Partnership

Venue: Commerce House, Commerce Road, N22 8DZ

On 22 June 2021 the Haringey Learning Partnership delivered a number of activities including music, dance, art, food, performances and talks celebrating the arrival of Windrush and the impact of the Windrush Generation on Britain today.


Windrush Event at T on the Green

Venue: T on the Green, Bruce Castle Park Pavilion, Bruce Castle Park, Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NJ

On Sunday 27 June, T on the Green in Bruce Castle Park (N17) celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush, and the contributions of Tottenham's Windrush Generation to British life, with music, food, and activities for all ages. 

With live music from Victor Romero Evans and Dennis Bovell, and a trip back in time with Gladdy Wax, speeches from the Right Honourable David Lammy MP, and a unique film event shown later in the day. 


Online Event: Talking Textiles - Celebrating the Crafting Genius of Althea McNish

Althea McNish - group of textiles at Bruce Castle MuseumAlthea McNish is a cultural icon in the world of textiles. On Thursday 25 March 2021, we joined Rose Sinclair of Goldsmiths College for this special talk, to celebrate the life and work of Althea McNish (1924-2020) of Trinidad and Tottenham.

We looked at the textiles by Althea in the collections of Bruce Castle Museum and elsewhere, as well as the impact and outstanding contribution of the vast range of her work in the world of design from the 1950s onwards.


Online Talk: Haringey Women's History Walk

On Tuesday 30 March 2021 we heard from this online women's history walk which looked at the history of some of the women in Haringey, in particular the black women who lived, worked or visited the borough.

Avril Nanton is a fully qualified tour guide who regularly does walks and tours around Haringey, looking at black life. In this tour she looked at some of the women who have contributed to the area.


Culture Bubble: Youth Voice 

On Thursday 28 January 2021 a panel of young activitsts met to talk about how they have brought about meaningful social change by stepping up and speaking out on a range of issues that affect young people, in Haringey and beyond. 

In a free Zoom webinar each trailblazing panellist told stories of their own experience and discussed what prompted them to speak out, what personal challenges they might have overcome and what continues to keep them motivated. Issues such as Black Lives Matter, the climate crisis, intersectionality, identity, representation, disability and more. 

The session was for young people aged 16-24 and forms part of a programme ran at Alexandra Palace, which support young people interested in a career in the creative sector. The Zoom closed with an open Q&A giving people the chance to ask any burning questions.

If you didn't manage to join the discussion, you can watch a recording of the webniar here (external link)


Tottenham Literature Festival

This ran from Monday 14 December to Saturday 19 December 2020.

A bold festival of words right here in Tottenham.
The Bernie Grant Arts Centre's Tottenham Literature Festival, a bold festival of words ran from Monday 14 December to Saturday 19 December. 

This year's festival focused on the theme of 'Connectedness'. Against the backdrop of social isolation, the devastation of COVID-19 and the rallying cry of Black Lives Matter, Tottenham Literature Festival arrived a week before Christmas to encourage community and a joyful celebration of Black narratives and stories. The festival brought together award-winning authors and incredible artists from Tottenham and beyond, including Ify Adenuga, Derek Owusu, Maaza Mengiste, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Stella Dadzie, Jay Bernard, David Lammy, Gary Younge, Jessica Horn, Lola Shoneyin and Zukiswa Wanner.

With a packed, blended programme of virtual storytelling, workshops, conversations and outdoor screenings, Tottenham Literature Festival continued to celebrate the word and storytelling in all its glorious forms. 


Culture Bubble: Art and Activism

On Saturday 28 November 2020 a panel of contemporary artists met to discuss and explore the space where politics and art collide. Drawing on a vast range of experience in their fields, each panellist talked about the personal challenges and motivations that cause them to speak out about important matters in art. 

The panel included; Zita Holbourne, Jarelle Francis, Rachelle Romeo and Kay Rufai.

The session was for young people aged 16-24 and forms part of a programme ran at Alexandra Palace, which supports young people to launch a career in the creative sector. 

If you didn't manage to join the discussion, you can watch a recording of the discussion online (external link).

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Online Workshop: A Story to Tell: Creating, Collecting and Sharing our Stories

Interested, but new to collecting stories? On Monday 19 October 2020 Bruce Castle Museum's archivist Julie Melrose, ran this workshop to explore how to go about setting up an oral history project to record people's stories for future generations to learn from and enjoy. If you missed the workshop you can view the presentation slides below.

For more information and to find out how to share your story, email museum.services@haringey.gov.uk


Online Event: Haringey Gold: Race Relations Seminar

This online seminar for young people was held on Friday 23 October 2020 and discussed the historical context of racial relations in the UK. It was delivered by local academics and facilitated by Haringey Community Gold and the Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with Access UK and London Elite. 

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Online Talk with Nico Blackstock - Exiled: Sixty Years Since the Arrival of Oliver Tambo

2020 marks two significant anniversaries in the history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement - sixty years since the exile of Oliver Tambo, later ANC leader, and thirty years since the release of Nelson Mandela. This talk on Thursday 29 October 2020 focused on how the two events link to the local history of Haringey, the place where Tambo spent his exile in Muswell Hill and where Mandela came to visit his friend. 


Children's Storytime: African Caribbean folktalkes with Wendy Shearer

On Friday 30 October 2020 at Marcus Garvey Library, author and storyteller Wendy Shearer, told African Caribbean folktales inspired by her heritage, and a childhood filled with written and oral stories passed down from her grandmother. Wendy is a professional storyteller and writer, telling folktales, myths and traditional tales to children and adults. This event was aimed at families and children aged 5 to 11 years.


Online Talk: Black Statues Around London by Avril Nanton

Held on Wednesday 7 October 2020. London is full of statues that represent black people. Avril Nanton gave a breakdown of these interesting, intriguing, and sometimes downright strange statues, memorials and busts.

Visit Avril's website (external link) for more walks, talks and events. 


Online Panel Discussion: United Black Women's Action Group (UBWAG)

On Monday 8 March 2021 an online panel discussion took place with former United Women's Action Group (UBWAG) members, including civil rights campaigner and community activist, Baroness Martha Osamor, Monica White, former UBWAG member, and Stella Dadzie, author, education activist and historian.

UBWAG was active in Haringey in the late 70s and early 80s and forms part of the rich tapestry of women's history in the borough. The discussion was chaired by Cllr Hearn, Haringey Council's Lead Member for Equalities. 

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Storytimes, craft packs and other online activities

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Enjoy a selection of pre-recorded stories, craft packs and quizzes you can enjoy with family and friends. 

  • Haringey Libraries have pre-recorded a series of storytimes for you to enjoy. 
  • Download a selection of black history and culture themed craft activities to make at home.
  • Why not test your black history knowledge with our Black History children’s quiz?

For more information visit our Families page.

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Black in Haringey

In 2016 we produced ‘Black in Haringey’ - a groundbreaking documentary about the history of black people in Haringey. The documentary features interviews with actress Judith Jacobs, David Lammy MP and the owners of Haringey businesses including Body Music, Blooming Scent Cafe and Uncle John’s Bakery.

Watch the documentary now:

Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

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November 18, 2021

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