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.

Everyday Muslim and Archive Initiative

We have been collaborating periodically with the group Everyday Muslim (EM) for over a year as part of their project The Heritage Story of Black British Muslims in London.The project is almost at its end and the GPI is pleased to have been able to assist with training volunteers from EM in archiving, through workshops led by our archivist Sarah Garrod.What is exciting and gratifying for us at the GPI is the group's decision to deposit the completed material here at the institute.

A summer of successful pop up collaborations

The GPI's final pop up collaboration for August took place on Thursday 23 when we joined with One Voice Community in west London for an evening of art, discussion and film around the theme of carnival.

The Road Make To Walk On Carnival Day: Celebration and Struggle

The George Padmore Institute in collaboration with One Voice Community presents an evening of banner-making, film and music celebrating carnival. In addition to screenings of films from Brasil, Trinidad and Tobago and the UK, there will be a panel discussion featuring carnivalists and historians and a pop-up GPI archive of vintage carnival material.

Round-up of recent outreach events

The GPI has been busily collaborating with various organizations in recent weeks as part of its continued effort at outreach initiatives.

In July as part of our Citizens of a Common Future programme and in collaboration with Speaking Volumes, the GPI hosted the writer Anthony Joseph in conversation with Nicole-Rachelle Moore our part-time Administrator (see our Events page). The 'London is the Place for Me' event was very well attended and warmly received with much interest in Joseph's fictional biography on the calypsonian Lord Kitchener.

Carnival Stories with Zakia Sewell and Tej Adeleye

The GPI in collaboration with NTS Radio invites you to come help kickstart a new digital archive with your own carnival stories on Saturday 4 August at Iniva in Shoreditch from 2pm-5pm.

See our Events page for more details and/or go to:


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