Black History Month is marked every October - giving us a chance to learn about the contributions that Black people have made, both to our local community in B&NES, nationally and internationally.  

What's happening in B&NES for BHM 2020 

19th October 5p.m. ‘Black Lives Matter in B&NES' Webinar. Council leader, Councillor Dine Romero, will be working with young people from Boys in Mind & Black Families Education Support Group to host the webinar on their reactions to the Black Lives Matter movement and their ideas for promoting a more inclusive society. It will be open to young people and adults to attend.  To sign up,  email

21st October: The winners of the council’s anti-racist writing competition for young people will be announced.  The winning entries raise awareness of racism and its impact and will be posted here on the council’s website and via social media accounts.

Throughout October, Council departments and other local organisations are taking part in #BHM2020 in different ways: 

  • The Bath Record Office will be highlighting black community history and the contributions that black and other minority ethnic communities have made to B&NES over the centuries. For further details see
  • Bath and North East Somerset Libraries will be signposting inclusive novels and e-Audiobooks throughout the month. Visit their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find your next great read
  • Fairfield House, the residence of Emperor Haile Selassie during the five years he spent in exile in Bath, is offering schools a choice of two fun and impactful assembly presentations about Bath’s most eminent resident.  We are also arranging some of these workshops for members of the public during October - more details will appear here shortly and will and be advertised via social media. 
  • Bath Spa University  has a range of events and talks happening throughout October that are open to the public.  Visit their web pages for more details -  BHM events at Bath Spa University
  • Learn about Black History in BathWatch a presentation made by Fairfield House about Emperor Haile Selassie - his time in Bath, his values and the things he did, which make him one of the most eminent residents of Bath.  Listen to a Radio Play ' The Most Remarkable Particulars' which is about the first black writer to publish a book in Britain in 1772 in Bath.

                                                BHM Logo which says Dig Deeper, look closer, think bigger

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