Black History Month: Families and Schools

Essential information

Date and time: 
Throughout October
Admission: 
Free
Price: 
Free
Location: 
National Maritime Museum

Celebrate Black contributions to British society through workshops, story-telling and performances throughout October.

Discover Sundays 

Every Sunday in October

Explore Black contributions to British society through hands-on creative workshops.

John Simmons character encounter 

12 October 

John Simmonds (1783–1858), was a black sailor who served with Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. Developed with John’s descendants and using over 40 years of family research, the performance will take you on a journey through the museum, from Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare MBE, to the Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery.

Pearl Morris character encounter

19 October

Meet Pearl Morris, a Caribbean woman who travelled to Britain in 1948 on the Empire Windrush, a passenger liner that brought one of the first large groups of post-war West Indians to the United Kingdom.

All Around the World

19 – 27 October

This half term we are celebrating the sharing of stories and knowledge from around the world. Join special guests from Urban Indigenous to discover more about Pacific culture or explore Chinese, Indian, West African and Arctic cultures through stories and hands on activities.

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Black History Trail

 Pick up a free trail to delve deeper into our collections and archives and find out about untold histories and important stories concerning the multi-ethnic peopling of Britain. Developed by SI Martin, author and historian.

Black History Month events at Cutty Sark 

Create your own musical drum and make some noise in our African drumming performances.

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Schools programmes 

Museum as Muse 

Book in to the facilitated session to explore identity, inspired by the Kehinde Wiley painting and other portraits in the Queen’s House. KS3 and 4. 

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Self-led visit resources

Trails exploring identity and the British Empire can be downloaded from the website or collected at the National Maritiem Museum to use with your school group on a self-led visit to the museum.

Empire Trail

Ship in a bottle