Activities at the Heritage Centre


The Gift Storytelling workshop

Early Years & Key Stage 1

60 minutes, 13.00 – 14.00

 30 pupils

Journey back hundreds of years to the Kingdom of Benin with our storyteller and our collection of Benin Bronzes. Our storytellers will create interactive play, developing speaking and listening skills with young pupils who adopt various roles and characters.  Pupils start to develop and appreciate African and Caribbean cultures traditions, dialect, and language structures when telling tales ‘from home’. Moral codes through proverbs are key messages that also feature for pupils to take back to the classroom and use in the everyday.

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Exhibition Workshops – 90 minutes for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4

Tuesday – Friday, 10.00 – 11.30 and 13.00 – 14.30

30 pupils

Immerse yourself into the narrative of our headline exhibition Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s.The exhibition enables learners to explore Black British experience in the second half of twentieth century by examining the work of 14 photographs and unheard oral testimonies. Delve deeper through an interactive tour and workshop. Exhibition workshops are based at the Heritage Centre and last 90 minutes.

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KS2 & 3

Enslavement and Resistance

English, History, PSHEE, Citizenship

Investigate the runaway servant woman described in our original antique newspaper, re-create her image and complete her story.



KS3 & KS4

The Windrush era

English, History, PSHEE, Citizenship

Experience first-hand the oral history of Connie Mark who served in WWII and become a history-maker using modern technology.

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Self guided exhibition tours

Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 – 12:45 and 15.15 – 16.00

Admission for a 45-minute self-guided exhibition tour is free and can accommodate a maximum of 20 pupils at a time. Schools must book self-guided exhibition tours at least 14 working days in advanced.  If anyone in your group has a disability and requires assistance, please let us know at the time of your booking. Please also call us for full information about access to the Heritage Centre.


BCA will require the following teacher pupil ratios at a minimum when visiting the Black Heritage Centre:

Reception Stage – 1 adult to three pupils

Key Stage 1 & 2 – 1 adult to 6 pupils

Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 – 1 adult to 15 pupils


Contact information:


Telephone: 020 3757 8500