A century of black British history

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Pawlet Brookes chooses her favourite songs and stories from Black History Month exhibition Archiving the Past: Reflecting the Future.

Archiving the Past, Reflecting the Future is a National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported initiative that seeks to redress the balance in the way that black British history is documented and shared.

It fills in the gaps where voices from the African and African Caribbean diaspora have been lost or forgotten, giving a unique black British perspective.

For Black History Month 2019, Archiving the Past, Reflecting the Future takes the form of an exhibition at the Vijay Patel Atrium, De Montfort University in Leicester.

Covering the last 110 years, each photograph in the exhibition has a QR code linking to more information online. We also commissioned a documentary short A very Brit(ish) Voice by film-maker Jaha Browne that captures the legacy of the African-Caribbean community in Leicester.

This is my playlist inspired by the exhibition:

And here are some of my favourite photos: