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It’s Black History Month

October is Black History month and  there are lots of ways to learn and explore Black History with your under 5’s 


It’s great for children to know that Black History

is being made every day.


Over the pandemic we have all come to realise that science and medicine have made a huge impact on how we stay safe and many scientists from black and minority ethnic backgrounds have been helping to lead the way. Dr  Mustapha Bittaye, a scientist working on the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in the UK says he hopes he can inspire other people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds to realise their own life-saving dreams. In the USA Kizzmekia Corbett has also been working on  vaccines.

Learn about space and the universe with space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.  Or discover the amazing contribution that the Mary W Jackson and her team made getting the first men into space and on the moon. Her research is still used today.


Marcus Rashford has made a huge contribution to helping make sure children are not left hungry by highlighting his own mother’s difficulties during his childhood. Or learn more about the TEAMGB  women’s  4 x 400m medal winning team. 


Events planned across Lewisham and London during October. 

Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS at the Lewisham Migration Museum

The Migration Museum is based in Lewisham Shopping Centre. The entrance is on Central Square, in the heart of the shopping centre (opposite Starbucks and next door to TK Maxx).

The NHS is close to all of our hearts – now more than ever. From the very beginning, people have come to Britain from all over the world to make this grand vision for a better society a reality.

The NHS would not have become the beloved institution it is today without its international workers. But their vital role has largely been ignored.

This is the story of the NHS. This is the story of Britain…

Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS puts this vital story at centre stage through oral histories and archival materials, as well as art, animations and data visualisations. Now, more than ever, it’s a story that needs to be told.


Lewisham Libraries will be celebrating throughout the month with a range of free events including storytelling, arts and crafts packs, interviews and book recommendations.

Find out more and book tickets by visiting the Lewisham Libraries Facebook pagethe Lewisham Libraries Youtube channel or the Lewisham Libraries Instagram.


Andreena Leanne poetry reading

Saturday 16 October, 2pm–3pm.

Deptford Library

Andreena Leanne speaks about her journey and raises awareness of her poetry collection CHARRED.


Storytelling for under 5’s

Saturday 16 October, 11am–11.30am

Deptford Library

Songs, rhymes and stories that celebrate Black History. Suitable for under 5s.

Interview with Jody Burton, co-author of Black London

Saturday 30th October, 2pm–3pm.

Deptford Library

Jody is a resident of Lewisham who, with co-author Avril Nanton, has produced a Black History tour guide. Black London: History, Art and Culture in Over 120 Places was published on Windrush Day 2021.


Breakfast Clubs Against Racism

Every Saturday, 25 September–4 December

St Laurence Community Centre, Catford

Lewisham residents aged 10-13 are invited to these sessions that explore anti-racism, black history and empowerment. In each session, young people will be encouraged to discuss and reflected to help them digest big topics such as ‘How To Be a Leader’ and ‘Exploring Privilege’

Parents and students can register their interest by emailing hello@breakfastclubsagainstracism.co.uk


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