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 2021?

  • 11 October - 1-5pm Regional BHM21 conference B&NES Council is a partner sponsor for a regional BHM conference (virtual) taking place on 11th October 1-5pm.  Speakers include David Olusoga, June Sarpong, Stuart Lawrence (Stephen’s brother) and Anton Ferdinand.  This will be open to all -  see flyer on this page.  If you would like to attend, register here

  • 18th  October 2021 6-7pm - Webinar ‘Race equality in B&NES – progress made and challenges ahead’ Chaired by Cllr Dine Romero, Cabinet member, confirmed speakers include B&NES Race panel, B&NES Schools Race task force; Boys in Mind, plus local organisations and museums. To register your interest in attending, email

  • 28th October Webinar 6-7pm  – Author Paul Mendez talks about his debut novel ‘Rainbow Milk’  being organised by Bath University Library in conjunction with B&NES Council equalities and libraries. Registration details will appear here shortly.

Throughout October

  • Fairfield House will be running guided tours on Sundays in October For tickets, click here 

  • The Freedom in the City Festival  is running a full programme of events, including a number in October.  This Festival of Learning is a new series of events coming out of Fairfield House, Bath, the former residence of Emperor Haile Selassie I, in partnership with the University of the West of England.

  • Display of artifacts relating to Haile Selassie in the Pump Rooms during October (Council Heritage Services and Fairfield House project).

  • Shop window displays – The BEMSCA and Fairfield House team have arranged to display some artifacts in empty shop windows in Bath which will be part of the Black History Month 21 programme. 

  • B&NES Libraries will be running a BHM21 social media campaign, providing book recommendations for all ages highlighting Black Britons as well as daily Black History Month information.

  • Storytelling, poetry and spoken word project: mental health charity, Changes Bristol are asking for pieces of writing on topics including culture, race, history, allyship, community and mental wellbeing. There is power in words and Changes wants you to share your creativity. Entries close on Friday 22nd October and there will be an event celebrating the pieces during the last week of October. Find more information HERE 



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