40th Anniversary of the New Cross Massacre

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the tragic New Cross Massacre (18 January) and the highly significant Black Peoples Day of Action (2 March).

New Cross Massacre Committee Archives 40 years on

It is now 40 years since the tragic 

COVID-19 Update: Closure of GPI Until Further Notice

Due to the current lockdown, the GPI is closed until further notice. 

Researchers booked to visit during January and February 2021 will be contacted in the coming days. 

Appointments in March will be reviewed at a later date, once we have a better idea of the likely duration of the lockdown period.

NB: We will not be taking any new bookings until the lockdown has ended and restictions on our ability to open etc have been lifted.


The GPI's creating a new website with InFact Digital Cooperative

Our new website is being created by an innovative organisation local to the George Padmore Institute (GPI) in Finsbury Park, London. InFact Digital Cooperative are focused on working with charities and non-profits. They are a small, diverse team who believe in the power of technology and design to act as a force for social good. As a cooperative, InFact Digital is owned by its employees, giving them the autonomy to work according to their own vision and values.

The GPI wishes you a peaceful and safe festive season

All of us at the GPI send best festive wishes to our supporters!

Even with all the challenges this year has posed, the GPI looks forward to bringing many exciting ventures to fruition in 2021.

In the new year, our two Writers-in-Residence, Ken Wilson-Max and Yaba Badoe, will begin their exploration of the archives with expert guidance from our Archivist Sarah Garrod, for inspiration to write books for children. The two books (aimed at 5-8 and 9-11 year olds) will convey to new generations of readers the rich heritage of our diverse communities!

The GPI is now closed

Due to the current Tier 4 restrictions, the GPI is closed until further notice. Any researcher due to visit in January will be contacted in the coming days.

Trustee Aggrey Burke awarded the President's Medal for Services to Psychiatry

Congratulations to one of our longstanding trustees Dr. Aggrey Burke on being awarded the President's Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The award was in recognition of  the significant work he has undertaken in his profession over many years, especially in relation to mental illness in black families. The President's Medal was accepted at a virtual presentation ceremony during the recent lockdown period. In the 1980's Aggrey Burke co-wrote a groundbreaking paper for the Medical Education Journal which laid bare the 'colour bar' in medical schools in London.

Writers-in-Residence at the George Padmore Institute in 2021

Two exciting authorsYaba

Launch of The Lennox Oscar Pierre and John La Rose Foundation

This Sunday 29 November sees the launch of The Lennox Oscar Pierre and John La Rose Foundation in Trinidad.
Both men born in Trinidad, were rooted in cultural and political activism and were also firm friends. Some of the foundation's objectives include:

Conducting Research

Collaborating with Civil Society, Social Movements, Academic and other Institutions

Engaging in Advocacy and Campaigns on Policy and Other Issues

Reaching New Generations: Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant awarded to the GPI

The George Padmore Institute is happy to announce we have been awarded an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant to

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