Adult Learning

Black History and Culture Courses

Black history is British history. It should be taught throughout the year, and across the curriculum—not just confined to a single month.

Here are some suggested courses, resources and educational and cultural event providers.

Discover, learn together and explore - and most importantly enjoy.

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Bruce Castle Museum and Archive

Monday 19 October, 2.00 to 3.00pm. 
Online Workshop - A Story to Tell: Creating, Collecting and Sharing our Stories

Storytelling is a tradition especially cherished in Caribbean and African cultures, and is known to have a positive impact on people's health and well-being. Reconnecting with that tradition, this workshop showcases successful oral history and collective memory projects in Haringey, which have recorded the stories of our elders, and are now held in the archives at Bruce Castle Museum.

The workshop is aimed at those interested, but new to collecting stories - be it talking to the 'Windrush Generation' or to communities recently arrived in Haringey. It will look at how to go about setting up an oral history project to record people's stories for future generations to learn from and enjoy. All are welcome. 

Online via Zoom. Please book in advance by visiting Eventbrite (external link).

Haringey Adult Learning Service (HALS)

HALS have developed a series of Black History themed courses which will be delivered throughout the year. To be the first to hear about  up-and-coming HALS courses, please join our mailing list by contacting:  or

In Black History Month, two free online workshops (via Microsoft Teams) have been organised by HALS:

Wednesday 14 October, 12.30 to 1.30pm
Online Workshop: HALS Listen and Learn - Our Experiences of Education

This one-hour testimony workshop will be encouraging residents from our black community, across generations, to share their own personal stories of their educational experience. This experience may have happened abroad or in the UK. These stories will be combined with those from our current learners and will inform a paper on the experience of education by local black residents in the context of Black History and Black Lives Matter.

Join the Microsoft Teams session on the 14th of October (external link)

Wednesday 21 October,12.30 to 1.30pm
Online Event: HALS - Unsung Heroes

Throughout Black History Month, learners on ESOL (English as a Second Language) at HALS are producing work on two Black History Month themes:

  • ‘Unsung Heroes’ – accounts of people learners know in the local community who are active and contributing positively to the BHM agenda
  • ‘Role Models for Young People’ – accounts of famous or successful people who the learners think are positive role models for young people.

In this event the HALS learners will be presenting their findings.

Join the Microsoft Teams session on the 21st of October (external link)

Other Courses

Black History Studies 

Established since 2007, Black History Studies offers a range of courses - many based in Haringey - throughout the year. It aims to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and Black Studies by educating the community throughout the UK to educate themselves. Find out more about their upcoming courses (external link).

Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck offers History Short Courses (external link) tailored for those who have not studied history at an advanced level and introduces you to early Black British social history.

Goldsmith's, University of London 

Goldsmith's offers an MA in Black British History (external link).


Facilitates group learning and bringing together a culturally diverse and intergenerational group of community activists and changemakers (external link).

Local History

Discover over 600 years of Haringey's black history, compiled by Bruce Castle Museum & Archive.

You can uncover and research more about Haringey's black history, community histories and local history at Bruce Castle Museum and Archive.

You can also take part in a series of local walks:

  • Heritage Walks in Haringey with Bruce Castle Museum & Archive 
  • Tottenham Black Artists Trail by Bruce Castle Museum & Archive (coming soon)
  • Avril’s Walks & Talks - Guided Black Cultural Walks Around Tottenham and London - You can join guide Avril Nanton (external link) on her popular and engaging walks around Tottenham, as well as other parts of London.

For other Archives, Museums and Libraries with Specialist Collections in the UK, see the list on the Useful External Links section below.

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25 September 2020

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