Black History Month events in Scotland: October 2022

11 October 2022
'Port Glasgow' by J.W. Appleton after a painting by William Henry Bartlett (1809-54)
Round-up of history events taking place around Scotland for Black History Month.

Scotland, global solidarity and Mandela, until 16 December [DUNDEE]

An exhibition telling the story of Nelson Mandela’s relationship to Scotland and the role played by the Scottish people in the global struggle to end apartheid. 

Tower Building, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4HN; website.

African and Caribbean people in Britain: a history, 13 October [EDINBURGH}

Historian Hakim Adi demonstrates in his new book 'African and Caribbean People in Britain: A History', that from the very beginning, from the moment humans first stood on this rainy isle, there have been African and Caribbean men and women set at Britain's heart. Talk starts at 5pm. Register here.

Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

Hope and Joy, 21 October [DUNDEE}

 In this hour-performance, Simone Seales hopes to create room for positive feelings and discussions around the  Black Lives Matter movement through the mediums of poetry and music. The audience is encouraged to engage in topics of joy, hope, and love, and to hold their pain and sorrows with compassion. Simone will also be joined by their dance collaborator Taylor Han. Runs 7-8.30pm, free entry, no booking required. Find out more here.

Kings Pavilion, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

Thomas Stuart Smith's Black Portraiture, 21 October [STIRLING]

Join Stirling Smith exhibitions and events officer Heather Carroll on a tour of Thomas Stuart Smith’s portraits of black sitters. The tour will look at the stories behind the paintings of three unknown black men and explore how they represent complex portraits of race in Victorian Britain. Free entry. Book here

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The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Rd, Stirling FK8 2RQ

Unmasquing history at Dunfermline Palace, 24 to 28 October [DUNFERMLINE]

Join Historic Environment Scotland at Dunfermline Palace to explore the experiences of Black members of the 17th century Royal court. These sessions aim to bring Black members of court into focus and consider their lives and roles in courtly celebrations and masques through hands-on activities.

Available via appointment from Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October. To book e-mail. Time in the listing is not accurate, event is available to book in 2 hour slots from Monday to Friday.

Dunfermline Palace, Saint Margaret Street, Dunfermline KY12 7PE

Slavery trail on bikes, 25 October [GLASGOW]

A bike trail led and narrated by Bike for Good and CRER, with participants asked to meet at Glasgow's George Square. Starts 1.30pm. Register here.

The Glasgow Sugar Aristocracy: Scotland and Caribbean Slavery (1775-1838), 27 October [ONLINE]

Dr Stephen Mullen examines the emergence and fortunes of Glasgow West India merchants and planters towards the end of Caribbean slavery, assessing their impact on Scottish industrial, agricultural and societal development. History Scotland live Zoom lecture. Ticket £10, which gives access to the talk recording for 7 days. Book here. History Scotland is donating £1 from each ticket to the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights.

For more on Black History Month, visit the official website.


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