Discover Sundays | Black History Month

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Essential information

Date and time: 
Sundays during term time | 11am - 11.45am | 12.30pm - 1.15pm | 2.30pm - 3.15pm
National Maritime Museum, Ground floor, Learning space
Family fun

Each Sunday come and explore the Museum's collection through hands on creative activities. 

Each week a different artist will take your family on a journey into the Museum's collection. Discover objects that introduce you to the different people, histories and cultures that are part of the National Maritime Museum. Participate in different creative activities inspired by these objects before heading into the galleries to see what else you discover. 

Black History Month

Discover Sundays in October will be led by guest artists Natalie Cooper and Ese Akpojotor with activities looking at Black histories and futures. 

Space and Wakanda

4 October

Imagine being a super hero, or super shero, who travels to space! Join Ese and celebrate Black astronauts such as Mae C. Jeminson and Arnaldo Tamayo Mèndez, in a 2D workshop that will transform them into a 'Black Panther' style action hero.

African Music 

11 October

Join Natalie as we explore African musical culture, why it’s important and how it’s used as an everyday tool. Could it be that these musical traditions travelled the waters via sailors and ships through the infamous trans-Atlantic route and birthed or influenced the Sea Shantys sung aboard? Get your vocal chords ready to practise some well known techniques and see these demonstrated on instruments you may have never seen before..

Windrush Wakanda

18 October

To mark Black History Month, celebrate two of history's memorable moments with Ese: The journey of the Windrush to Britain, and Marvel's first Black superhero movie, 'Black Panther'. This 2D workshop will tap into your creative minds to envision what the Windrush might look like in a 'Wakanda' era.

Black Sailors

25 October

Join Natalie as we get to know one of Victorian London’s 15-20,000 Black residents; a famous sailor-turned-performer of East London as we explore creatively what Black London was like at the time. Just bring along your imagination and your best craft skills; there may even be a song or two in it for you!

November Discover Sundays

Traveller's Chests

8 November 

If you are going on a long sea voyage you might want to take a sea chest with you.

At this family session make a sea chest and decide where you are traveling to.
What will you need to pack for the journey and what will you need when you are there?
15th November
Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Light; the day is also celebrated and observed in the Jain and Sikh faiths to mark different events, stories and myths. To celebrate, come along to the Museum and create your own lantern, inspired by those used to light the way at sea. 
Check back later for more information on the workshops taking place on the 22nd and 29th November.

Important Information

  • These sessions are free but are currently ticketed. Please let us know if you are no longer able to attend, so that your places can be made available to others. 
  • Please prebook your ticket online or over the phone.
  • Your workshop ticket also provides entry to the National Maritime Museum.
  • Accessible for children or adult carers who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • There is level access to the Learning Space.
  • The Learning Space has one set of automatic double doors.
  • Both individual seats (with or without arms) and benches are available in the Learning Space upon request.

How are we following social distancing measures?

  • Capacity is limited for these sessions to ensure social distancing can be maintained throughout
  • Resources will not be shared between family units
  • Resources and furniture will be cleaned before and after sessions
  • Families will be encouraged to wash their hands when they enter the room
  • We ask that all buggies are left in the Buggy Park by the Learning Space, except where babies are sleeping.
  • Find out how Royal Museums Greenwich are keeping visitors safe