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Black History Month Family Day

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28 Oct 2023





Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

The Top Floor Classroom and Workshop

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Black History Month


A series of workshops for all ages, using the themes of ‘Saluting Our Sisters’ and ‘Before Windrush’, inspired by the museum’s Afro-Caribbean collections.

Windrush Stories with Kelly Morgan (family workshop)


Bring your family along to discover the remarkable history of the Windrush Generation through a storytelling workshop led by Kelly Morgan.

In this engaging workshop designed for families with children aged five and upwards, you will be transported back in time through stories of hope and resilience.

Together, we will trace the journey of the Windrush Generation, exploring their triumphs, challenges, and the vibrant cultural tapestry they brought to the UK. Join us for an educational and heartwarming experience that bridges generations and inspires meaningful conversations about history, identity, and unity.

This session is inspired by a selection of Afro-Caribbean objects from our collection including grass slippers, baskets, gourds and the duho (pictured below). There will also be a chance to handle some objects.

Print-making workshop with textile artist EvaD (family workshop)

12:30-2pm and 3-4:30pm

Inspired by our collections of African objects and traditional West African textiles, work alongside textile artist EvaD to make your own art print to take home and frame.

Using a mixture of pre-made and made by you stamps, free hand drawings, paintings and collage you’ll create a beautiful and bright artwork.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, children under 5 will need adult assistance. All materials are provided, this workshop will include paint so please wear appropriate clothing.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, children under 5 will need adult assistance.

Poetry writing workshop with Shirley May (adult workshop)


Shirley will support participants to create poetry to celebrate the contributions of Black women to the infrastructure of Manchester as a meaningful way to honour their legacy.

The workshop will feature poetry from Shirley’s own collection as a springboard to creating new, as well as Shirley’s eulogy that she has written herself and stories from young people in Manchester. The workshop will also use quotes from other contemporary black female writers in the UK as inspiration.


The theme of Saluting our Sisters highlights the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities. This year’s celebration will showcase pioneering black women who have made remarkable contributions to literature, music, fashion, sport, business, politics, academia, social and health care, and more.

The theme of Before Windrush examines the lives of Black Britons who were living in the UK before the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948. Along with exploring the under-reported stories of black doctors and nurses working in healthcare before the NHS.

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