This week we share with you two different events that explore the culture and the heritage of African and Caribbean communities in London. We feel it is important to highlight the historical past of Black communities in London, and in Britain, as they have made major contributions to our current cultural landscape. We are highlighting events organised by our friends at the Museum of London Docklands, both a physical and virtual exhibition.
The Krios of Sierra Leone
First up, we suggest you take a look at their free exhibition which explores the “unique and largely untold history, heritage and culture of the Krio people from Sierra Leone.”
The event, simply called The Krios of Sierra Leone highlights the people’s history. Today’s Krios descend from the first settlers sent to Sierra Leone by the British, these include freed African-American, West Indian and Liberated African slaves as well as London’s poor black people and Abolitionists who settled in the western area of Sierra Leone.
Learning about the history of the Krios is integral to a better understanding of Britain’s colonial past and to learning about the contributions of the community to the London we know now.
Although the exhibition is free you are asked to book in advance due to new Covid regulations. It runs all the way through to March next year. For more information and to book head to: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/krios-sierra-leone
Secondly, we’d like to spotlight the Museum’s incredible audio archive dedicated to remembering and providing firsthand accounts of members comprising the Windrush generation. The archive is perfect for those who are self-isolating as the Museum has curated oral histories online to give us insight into the lived experiences of Londoners during the 20th and 21st centuries. A dive into history, these recorded experiences will give us all a chance to actively engage in the bright lives of different Londoners with African-Caribbean heritage.
To listen to their accounts head to the link: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/windrush-stories/listening-to-the-windrush-generation