by Finn White, Engagement Officer – Communities
We want Bristol’s Black history to be better represented, reflective of our communities and open to all. That’s why we’ve been working with Liverpool Museums and their Sankofa project. Sankofa seeks to investigate Black social history within the city of Liverpool, their museum collections and beyond.
Sankofa has so far helped us fund our new display One Vibration: Voices of St Pauls Carnival at M Shed. The project involved training volunteers and gathering stories from Bristol’s African-Caribbean communities. Head down to M Shed now to hear these tales of Bristol’s greatest street festival.
Bristol’s Black history stories – what do you want to read about?
We’re now working on our next Sankofa collaboration. We’re developing a series of new web pages dedicated to Bristol’s Black history. We’ll work with external partners and local experts to develop an accessible resource for anyone wanting to research Bristol’s Black history or unlock the buried stories in our museum collections. Central to this project is the fact that the content will be co-developed by external partners from Bristol’s African and African-Caribbean communities.
We want to know what you think about Bristol’s Black history – what do you want to read about and who do you expect to be represented?
We want to bring in new voices, interrogate our collections and write a new history for Black Bristol. Watch this space to find out more.
UPDATE: See the Bristol’s Black History stories we’ve published so far.