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Bristol’s Black History

Find out about Bristol’s Black History with Bristol Museums. Who were the first Black people in Bristol? What are the city’s links to Somalia? What are the legacies of the Slave Trade?

Here you’ll find stories, blog posts and events from Bristol Museums related to Black History.


Bristol’s Afrikan-Caribbean legends of martial arts

Clive Smith captures the true stories from some of Bristol’s Afrikan Caribbean legends of martial arts.

Lloyd Russell.
Lloyd Allen.
Nathan Lewis.
Shaun Vera.
Winston Williams.

This podcast gives an insight into the journey of racism and discri…


Windrush Influence on the Music of Bristol

When the people of the ‘Windrush generation’ came to the UK they brought with them a culture of music and sound systems. The very sonic tone of the music we hear on the streets late at night in Bristol and the UK are very much a result of this.


Uncomfortable Truths

Many object labels in museums do not tell the full story.

This project seeks to uncover uncomfortable truths behind museum objects – how they were collected, what they represent and the difficult pasts that are hidden behind them.


19 Black Bristol women who’ve made a difference

Pioneering, passionate and powerful, these women have helped change our city for the better. From artists to activists, from councillors to carnivalistas, these are names you need to know.


Migration: Joining and Leaving Bristol

Migration is not something new. The flow of people joining and leaving Bristol has helped make our city what it is. From ancient Roman settlements to today’s Syrian resettlements, people have been making new homes beside the Avon for thousands of years. Many have also left Bristol, crossing vast oceans to seek fortune and freedom in faraway lands.


Black Bristol women who’ve made a difference

Which Black Bristolian women do we need to shout louder about? You told us that you wanted more stories of inspiring Black Bristolians, so we’re putting together a new story celebrating women who’ve really made a difference.


Early Black Presence in Bristol

Black people have lived in Bristol for over four centuries. We don’t know much about Black residents before the period when the city’s merchants began trading African people as slaves overseas in 1698. However, records at Bristol Archives and elsewhere show that black people lived and worked here least a century before then.


Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The slave trade was part of the network of trade which existed between Britain, West Africa and the Caribbean. Between 1501 and 1866, over 12 million Africans are estimated to have been exported to the New World, around 2 million of whom probably died en route.