“Britain on Film: Black Britain” by the National Archives

Wednesday 16th May 2018, 2:00 Pm – 3.45 PM @ The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Richmond, London TW9 4DU

Black Britain offers the opportunity to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle for equality – from the early 1900’s to the 1980’s.


Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen.


Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and ‘mother country’ in World War I.


See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.

Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is not just an important educative tool – offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality – but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.

This screening will be accompanied by a short introduction and document display.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the ‘Friends of The National Archives’ on the Britain on Film series at the National Archives
Please note that original documents will be on display as part of this event. Coats and bags are not be permitted in the document display and must be left in our free lockers on the ground floor. Refreshments may be taken into the events room but not the document display room.
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