Local Black History

Local Black History

This page aims to inform and enrich teaching and learning about Black History within a local context, starting with West London.

Urbanwise.London has produced two films: Portobello Road Black History Walk and Hammersmith and Fulham Black History which can be viewed by all but can also be used for learning within the school curriculum and other contexts and during Black History Month (October), Windrush Day (22nd June) or any other time of the year when relevant.

Hammersmith and Fulham Black History

As part of Black History Month UK we produced a film covering some interesting people and stories related to Hammersmith and Fulham Black History. The film is based on previous resource (Remembering Slavery) which we made a while ago when we were still called Hammersmith and Fulham Urban Studies Centre!

With our new film we wanted to bring to life some of the stories featured in our existing resource and make the content more accessible to a wider audience.

The film features notable people such as Marcus Garvey, Mary Seacole, William & Ellen Craft and Connie Mark with a connected to Hammersmith and Fulham.

You can watch the film here in our YouTube channel.

Special thanks to Hammersmith United Charities for their support.

Portobello Road Black History

Last year (2020) we made the Portobello Road Black History Walk film where we follow Manny around North Kensington exploring how the area has evolved and changed over the year and impact of the Windrush generation (and beyond) in the area, including the evolution of Notting Hill Carnival.

We tell the stories of some of the Carnival Pioneers; Claudia Jones, Rhaune Laslett, Russell Henderson and Leslie Palmer along with the story of other local important figures and activists such as Frank Crichlow and the Mangrove 9.

Special thanks to RBKC Culture and London Community Foundation for their support.

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Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer plaque st Basing St. former home of Island Studios.