Hunterian Museum develops unique partnerships for Black History Month

Black History Month is a month-long celebration of the contribution made by black men and women to our heritage, held every October. The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow Archive Service and the University Chapel have been working together to create an exciting programme to celebrate the importance of black history in Scotland, in collaboration with Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance, a key organisation involved in this city-wide initiative. The launch event for Black History Month will take place in the Hunterian Museum on the 2 October.

As well as the lunchtime talk series focusing on particular objects or stories from the Hunterian's collections, we will also host a poster exhibition from the University's Archive collections exploring the historical connections between the University of Glasgow, Africa and Japan and highlighting some of the many black students who came to study at University over the last two hundred years.

Daily lunchtime talks will take place in the Hunterian Museum at 12.30pm from 2 - 6 October
Mon 2 Oct
Dr Sally-Anne Coupar:- Romans in Scotland, the African Connection
Tues 3 Oct
Peter Black:- Sunday Afternoon by African American master printmaker Dox Thrash
Wed 4 Oct
Lesley Richmond:- Footballing and other heroes
Thurs 5 Oct
Jenny Allan:- Treasures of the Gold Coast and alternative currencies from Africa
Frid 6 Oct
Dr John Faithfull; Scotland and Slavery in the 18th Century: Glasgow and the story of Joseph Wright

Poster Exhibition (from collections at University Archives)
No Barriers to Education: Glasgow University's International Students
An exhibition exploring the historical connections between the University of Glasgow, Africa and Japan and highlighting some of the many black students who came to study at University over the last two hundred years. Featured students include Andrew Watson the first Black British footballer and James McLune Smith, the first Afro-American to receive a university medical education anywhere in the world.
The poster exhibition will be on show in the Hunterian Museum from 2 - 7 October, then in the University Chapel from 8 - 31 October.

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First published: 29 September 2006