The George Padmore Institute is an archive, educational resource and research centre housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe.

Founded in 1991, we are based in North London where we often hold educational and cultural activities including talks and readings. We also publish relevant materials and are making our archives accessible to the general public.

We say Farewell to Irma La Rose

The GPI was sad to learn of the death of Irma La Rose who passed away on Saturday 27 April after ailing for some time.

Irma was passionately committed to social justice and there was always something new to learn about this woman who helped and inspired many.

We thank her first son Michael La Rose (former Chair of the GPI) for sharing the following article with us.



UNSHACKLING BEAUTY: Friday 31 May 2019

Join us for a special evening showcase of original music in response to the George Padmore Institute’s archival collections by two musicians in residence - Hadiru Mahdi and Nadeem din Gabisi. Two of London’s most exciting wordsmiths- Mahdi frequently performs as Brother Portrait and din Gabisi performs under his own name, alongside his visual artwork; they are both part of the award-winning jazz influenced Steam Down Collective. 

Build Your Own Archives! Session 3: Thinking About Your Digital Archives

Session 3: Thinking About Your Digital Archives

Saturday 4 May (2.00-5.00)

Venue: George Padmore Institute (GPI)

In collaboration with PhD researcher Vivian Latinwo-Olajide and the University of Leicester, the George Padmore Institute (GPI) is proud to present the final session of our three part workshop series introducing participants to basic archival practice, whilst exploring critical questions. All sessions are free but donations to the GPI are welcome.

50 Years On: Remembering David Oluwale

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the death of a Nigerian man named David Oluwale who was found drowned in the River Aire in Leeds after fleeing two police officers.

Oluwale left Nigeria for England as a stowaway on a ship bound for the port city of Hull, but was discovered and immediately jailed for his misdemeanour. Leeds became his main place of residence during his remaining years in Britain.

40th Anniversary of the Murder of Blair Peach

On this day in 1979 a teacher from New Zealand named Blair Peach was killed after a blow to the head by police at an anti-racism demonstration in Southall.

Peach had moved to London ten years prior and had been active in the Socialist Worker's Party, the Socialist Teachers' Association and the East London Teachers' Association as well as in campaigns against neo-Nazi and other far right groups.


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