Black History Matters

During Black History Month Bath Record Office will be highlighting black community history and the contributions that black and other minority ethnic communities have made to B&NES over the centuries with an online exhibition. Click here to discover the Black History matters exhibition.

This year, many events have shone a spotlight on racism and equality issues worldwide, from George Floyd’s death and the subsequent protests, to the disproportionate impact of Coronavirus on BAME patients.

In June, we witnessed the toppling of Colston’s statue in Bristol and here in Bath an estimated 1,200 people gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest.

Events of 2020 have caused us all to look at current events and history differently, calling us to be more aware of our past.

Our collections are vast and reveal so much of Bath’s history. But they can do more to tell us about the history, accomplishments and experiences of black people living in Bath and North East Somerset.

We want to collect records from people and communities across Bath & North East Somerset which will help us represent the history of all of our residents. During Black History Month and beyond, we are asking for photographs, videos, papers of organisations, businesses, families and individuals who represent minority communities who want to share their history. Join the national celebration of Black History in Bath and North East Somerset and take part.

To find out more about how to contribute to our collections please see our deposits and donations page.