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.

"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.

Temporary Closure of George Padmore Institute from 21 December 2017-7 January 2018

We will be closed from 21 December 2017, reopening 8 January 2018.

For urgent enquiries, please contact us on as emails will be monitored throughout this period.

For all other enquiries, please contact the office after 8 January.

See you in 2018!

2017 Annual Fundraiser : Multimedia Performance of Jay Bernard's 'Surge'

Come and join us for an exciting multimedia performance by poet Jay Bernard of her work 'Surge' on Monday 4 December. We shall also be raising funds for the work of the GPI.

'Surge' revisits the case of the 1981 New Cross Massacre in which thirteen young black people were killed in a house fire. Using archive film, audio, video and her own unique voice, Bernard asks what can be learned from the New Cross case and the subsequent activism it motivated during this current age of Brexit, the Grenfell fire tragedy, the startling revival of far right extremism and Trump.

The French Cashew Tree: Allister Bain's new memoir

The GPI invites you to a public reading and discussion with the actor and author Allister Bain (Parrain Thorance) to launch his new memoir The French Cashew Tree.

Starting with his early years growing up in Grenada, The French Cashew Tree tells of how young Parrain observed the world sitting under his favourite cashew tree and skilfuly depicts Bain's culture, environment and the people who shaped his life.


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