Exploring... Culture Mile Our Stories: Reflecting on Black History in Four Objects

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To mark Black History Month this October Culture Mile has produced a programme of activities and digital content to support secondary school teachers to incorporate Black British History, arts and culture into the curriculum.

Their programme is cross-curricular, focusing on four short films, produced collaboratively with Black Londoners and inspired by objects in partner collections. Teaching prompts and thought provoking discussion questions are provided to inspire creative lesson planning.

They suggest that the films and the accompanying resources are used as fifteen-minute lesson starters. Connected themes include race, migration, colonialism, representation, and resistance.

St Pauls Cathedral

with Victoria Adukwei Bulley and the Eagle Lectern

View the short film of Victoria discussing the eagle lectern, at which Paul Robeson performed in 1958, at St Paul's Cathedral here:

Paul Robeson performing at St Paul's Cathedral in 1958

Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and filmmaker. Winner of a 2018 Eric Gregory Award for promising British poets under 30, she has held artist residencies in the USA, Brazil, and the V&A. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Brunel Prize for African Poetry, and her debut chapbook, Girl B, forms part of the 2017 New-Generation African Poets series. Victoria is the director of MOTHER TONGUES, a poetry, translation and film project exploring the indigenous language heritages of Black and brown poets. She is a doctoral candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she is the recipient of a 2019 Technē scholarship for practice-based research in creative writing.

Guildhall Art Gallery

with Liz Johnson Artur and the photography Top Shelf

View the short film of Liz discussing her artwork at Guildhall Art Gallery here:

Liz Johnson Artur, born in 1964, Bulgaria, lives and works in London. Recent solo-exhibitions include Brooklyn Museum, New York (2019), David Nolan Gallery, New York (2018) and Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich (2016). Recent group exhibitions include Serpentine Gallery, London (2019), 10 Berlin Biennial, Berlin (2018) and Kunstverein Leipzig (2016). Her first UK solo show will be at South London Gallery, 14 June – 1 September 2019. Her monograph with Bierke Verlag was included in the 'Best Photo Books 2016' list of the New York Times.

Follow this link to the Culture Mile page to view more information and access the teaching resources.

There is still more to come from this project, with videos by the Museum of London and London Metropolitan Archives to be published on Monday 19th October.