A free display exploring the history of grime in East London and the community at its heart. Including a series of newly commissioned films and personal objects from some of the key players in the scene.
From never-heard-before oral histories to articles exploring our extensive photography collection, we have curated a selection of content that explores the history of the African-Caribbean community in London.
Take a trip back in time to discover just some of London’s Black history from the Roman era to the present day. Learn about the amazing achievements of African and Caribbean Londoners and their contributions to London life.
In the spring of 2021, the Museum of London acquired two fashion ensembles and a group of oral histories from Tihara Smith and her Granddad, Lazare Sylvestre. Together, these acquisitions tell a multi-generational story about immigration, life in London, and a shared love for fashion.
Neil Kenlock and Armet Francis took their cameras onto the streets of North Kensington to document the lives of African-Caribbean people across London and beyond. Both Jamaican-born, they arrived in Britain as children and became well-established professional photographers.
Delve deeper into our oral history collection, containing more than 5,000 hours of recorded life story interviews from the people who have lived, worked, moved, migrated, found refuge or just passed through London.
How do we communicate through objects? What does representation mean? And whose stories are told in our collections and archives? Four newly produced short films delve into such questions by exploring objects and individuals in collections across the Culture Mile.