This October we are highlighting Black History Month – the annual celebration and commemoration of moments in history, achievements and contributions that black people have made.
As well as our regular programme of exciting creative workshops, music performances and fitness events, members can enjoy expert talks, including an hour long special about John Blanke, a black royal trumpeter in the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII and a discussion with Norma Gregory, an honoured historian and heritage broadcaster.
We have over 100 live, interactive events to enjoy each and every month, so read on for recommendations on what to look out for this October…
INTRODUCTION TO HINDI
Wednesday 12th October at 3pm
This informative and uplifting session, hosted by Mira Kaushik OBE, an established Independent Arts Consultant in the UK, explores India and its culture through the Hindi language. Hindi is spoken by the largest demographic group of the Indian subcontinent.
HOW WE’LL LIVE ON MARS
Friday 14th October at 1pm
Ever wondered if life beyond Earth is possible? Find out in a truly out-of-this-world talk led by Colin, a multi-award-winning astronomy author, writer and speaker who has talked to over half a million people about the universe. His 19 books have sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 21 languages. A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he’s talked about space on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live.
JOHN BLANKE – THE BLACK TRUMPETER TO HENRY VII AND VIII
Tuesday 25th October at 1pm
Join Michael Ohajuru as he uncovers the significance black people held within the Tudor court through the story of John Blanke, the first person of black-African descent for whom we have both a record and an image, celebrated by his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
DIGGING DEEPER: MY JOURNEY PRESERVING MINING HERITAGE
Thursday 27th October at 1pm
Norma Gregory, historian and heritage broadcaster, will be talking about her personal experience collating and preserving mining and industrial heritage and the formation of the Black Miners Museum. Norma will also share her tips for conducting basic historical-focused research and drafting your heritage writings. There will be opportunities for questions, comments and reflections through a lively Q&A session.
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