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If you are hosting a Black History Month event, please email its details to so that we can include it in our schedule.

View what’s happening in our borough this Black History Month.

Black Pound Day

Black Pound Day takes place on the first Saturday of every month to drive the growth of the UK black economy. The day encourages all communities to replace their usual purchases with products from their local black-owned businesses and is a great way to act and support your black neighbours.

Learn more about the black residents who live, work and study in the Borough.

Orleans House Gallery

Visit the Orleans House Gallery to see Lines of Dissent, an exhibition running throughout October and curated by multi-disciplinary artist Dzifa Benson.

The show brings together pieces from the Richmond Borough Art Collection to reveal their hidden legacies and tell the stories of overlooked people. With artworks that include poetry, theatre and music, this exhibition includes themes of colonisation, love, resilience, migration, trade and architecture.

Richmond libraries

Make sure you are following Richmond libraries on Twitter @RichmondLibs as it will be sharing #blackstoriesmatter throughout October, showcasing poetry and recommending Black History Month reads for all ages.

View what’s happening in our libraries this Black History Month.

Black Victorians

Richmond libraries are giving residents the opportunity to explore the hidden history of the borough’s black residents.

Tune into Keshia Abraham and John Woolf as they discuss their book Black Victorians, a work of revisionist history exploring and celebrating the lives of black victorians. The recorded sessions will be available throughout October on the Richmond Libraries YouTube channel.

Rainforest Stories

Richmond libraries will host storyteller Wendy Shearer for an exciting hour of traditional West African and Caribbean tales suitable for the whole family.

Sessions will be held:

  • Monday 31 October, from 10 to 11am, at Whitton Library, 141 Nelson Road, Whitton, TW2 7BB
  • Monday 31 October, from 2 to 3pm, at Teddington Library, Waldegrave Road, Teddington, TW11 8NY

This free event does not require you to book. Find out what's on in Richmond libraries.

The Library Blog

The Richmond Library Blog will include resources celebrating influential black Richmond residents and providing an accessible way to engage with black history.

The Eel Pie Museum

The Eel Pie Island Museum’s permanent exhibition is promoting the musical history of Eel Pie Island and the African American artists that played at the Hotel’s club, Eelpiland.

You can visit the museum on Thursday to Sunday, from 12am to 6pm at 1-3 Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AB. Find out more information about the exhibition.

Updated: 30 September 2022

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