Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain

24 July – 30 November 2014. Online exhibition now available online.  

Long before the Empire Windrush arrived on British shores in 1948 there were women of African descent in Britain. Black women were here to witness the construction of Hadrian’s Wall in Roman Britain and everyday life over the centuries, in the markets and music halls, homes and factories.

Re-imagine gives us a glimpse of some of these women, the traces of their lives lying in vaults of archives, libraries and museums across the United Kingdom and brought together for the first time.

Side by side. Face to face. Courageous women who, throughout generations have been brave. We invite you to ‘re-imagine’ their lives, to create a tapestry of stories that paint a picture of the many and eclectic roles of Black women over time.

Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain exhibited between 24 July – 30 November 2014
FREE admission

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‘A new exhibition chronicles the often hidden histories of Britain’s black foremothers.’ Guardian
Read recent article in the Guardian on Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain 

‘The hidden histories of many female, black protagonists are given a hat-tip here, the spirit of which points to a place of enormous and illuminating benefit.’ Aesthetica Blog Read full article

‘The Black Cultural Archives – An Independent Intervention’ Freize Blog, Read full article


Watch the exhibition video below