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.

'London is the Place for Me' - The Story of Kitch, with Anthony Joseph

The GPI in collaboration with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions welcomes you to an evening of discussion and reading with Anthony Joseph and Nicole-Rachelle Moore on Thursday 12 July at 7:00pm. Joseph's new work 'Kitch A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon' (Peepal tree Press) looks at the life of the Trinidadian calypsonian Lord Kitchener who arrived in England in 1948 on the SS Empire Windrush.

Condolences from the GPI on the death of Winnie Mandela

The GPI along with so many others around the world send condolences to the family of Winnie Madikizela Mandela who died yesterday in Soweto South Africa at the age of 81.

While often described as "a polarizing figure", there is no uncertainty about the pivotal role Mrs. Madikizela Mandela played during the many years of anti-apartheid struggle in her country.

Jay Bernard receives Ted Hughes Award for new poetry

Jay Bernard, Poet in Residence at the George Padmore Institute (GPI) for 3 months in Autumn 2016, has won the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry. Jay won the award for Surge:Side A, a moving and intimate performance at Camden Roundhouse. The show was produced by Speaking Volumes. Surge:Side A was formed out of the poems and essay Jay created during the residency at the GPI when researching archives relating to the New Cross Fire and New Cross Massacre Action Committee. For more information see:

"The Exhibition Book"... coming soon...

Dream To Change the World The Life and Legacy of John La Rose was the GPI's exhibition which ran from May to August 2015 at Islington Museum.

Temporary Closure of George Padmore Institute Archives 5-16 March 2018

We will be closed for 2 weeks from 5-16 March 2018 to allow for work on our archive storage areas.

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