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.

GPI|Covid-19 Update

Greetings to all supporters, researchers and other participants in GPI activities, 

Latest Update on Coronavirus:

In response to the latest Government advice on Coronavirus, we will be closed to the public until further notice. We are unable to take appointment bookings and we have contacted all individuals and groups due to visit the GPI in the coming weeks.­­­­­

Regrettably, all workshops and events have been cancelled or postponed. Where possible, we will try and reschedule for later in the year.

Update: Closure of GPI Until Further Notice

The GPI is closed to the public until further notice because of the current public health emergency.

Our staff will be working from home and can be contacted via

We will continue to monitor government guidelines and will keep you updated via this website.

Temporary Closure of George Padmore Institute

A member of staff is currently off sick having displayed symptoms where health officials recommend self isolation for 7 days. As a precaution, especially given the current absence of testing, we are closing the GPI for a week, commencing 16 March 2020. We will then review the situation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but feel it is our responsibility to keep people safe. If you are booked to visit the GPI this week, we will be contacting you by email. For the week of 16th March, the GPI office will not be staffed but we will continue to monitor email until further notice. 

Negus: A tribute in Kamau’s own verse by Linton Kwesi Johnson

Please click on the link below to listen to Kamau Brathwaite’s poem Negus rendered by friend and fellow poet Linton Kwesi Johnson


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