7 places to visit in the UK that are full of Black history

From Liverpool’s famous slavery museum to Tilbury Docks, there’s so much waiting for you

Grab a notebook and your friends and check out these 7 places/events that are rich in Black history. Not able to venture out? Don’t worry, we’ve included online events and virtual tours- you can learn at home!

International Slavery Museum | Liverpool

Location: Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ

Located on Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, the International Slavery Museum is full of information about historical and contemporary slavery, telling the untold stories of enslaved people.

Too far to travel? Check out the virtual tour here.

Black Merchant Seamen War Memorial | Liverpool

Location: Falkner Square, Liverpool L8 7NY

Just a ten minute drive (or a 20 minute train) from the International Slavery Museum is a war memorial commemorating Black Merchant Seamen who served in World War 2.

Sea City Museum | Online

Location: Havelock Road, Southampton SO14 7FY

Southampton’s Sea City museum is holding an online talk, led by historian Dr Cheryl Butler, about early Black history in Southampton (1500-1800). The session will take place on 10th November and starts at 19:00, with tickets costing £4.50. Book tickets here.

Tilbury Docks | Essex

Location: Tilbury Docks, Essex RM18 7LA

The Tilbury Docks in Essex saw the arrival of the Empire Windrush which had over 800 people onboard from the Caribbean.

Brixton Market

Brixton Markets | London

Location: Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PD

The Brixton markets are rich in African and Caribbean culture and have been ever since Brixton became a hub for the Afro-Caribbean community in the 1950s.

St Pauls | Bristol

Location: St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8UU

When settling in Bristol, many people of the Windrush Generation found poor housing in the city centre where, due to damage from the Second World War, housing prices were cheaper and landlords were more likely to rent to Afro-Caribbean people. 

In Bristol in 1963 the Bristol Bus Boycott took place, the UK’s first Black-led campaign against racial discrimination.

Reliquary 2 | Online

Link: https://jhg.art/video/larry-achiampong-reliquary-2/

Reliquary 2 is an online exhibition running from 1st October 2020 to 31st January 2021 on the John Hansard Gallery website. Larry Achiampong is a British Ghanaian artist and this film is a continuation of the Relic Traveller (2017) which “explores past, present and future, through narratives of Pan Africanism and African diasporic identity in relation to colonialism, postcolonialism and the heightened nationalism of current times”.

Written by Sophie Corderoy