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.

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 info@georgepadmoreinstitute.org 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.

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