The Story of Black Community Activism in the East Midlands

The brochure and the website accompanying this project  have now been produce. To order a copy of the brochure and find out more about the nominees,  please visit

This flagship project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and seeks to share the experiences of black community activists over the last 60 years. We are particularly pleased to be doing this project as much of our work and activities are informed by black activists from across the UK and in particular from the East Midlands. This project will focus on how people have worked towards social change and justice and addressing inequalities that affect BME communities

We would like to develop a historical record that shows the contribution made by BME community activists which will promote and educate others on the culture of activism in black
communities. These communities have had to challenge injustices and fight for equality and there is much to be learned from their experiences.

 Nottingham Archives Visit 

Communities Inc organised a visit to Nottingham archives on Thursday 9th May, where Chris Weir gave an insightful and inspirational tour which enhanced the progression of our Black Community Activism project. The visit included an introduction to the Archive service and its facilities. Our volunteers got to view and touch a selection documents that range from medieval charters to modern records, including documents which related to Black History.

The visit also included a talk showing the conservation of important documents, which takes specialist staff and technical equipment.

We then received a behind the scenes tour into the storage area where the temperature and humidity is controlled to see how the archives are maintained for the future. (Jackets were needed!)

To finish the session off we then viewed the search room to see how the indexes and catalogues can be researched, how the copies can be taken and how to get a readers ticket.

This experience was extremely fascinating and appreciated greatly by the volunteers. A few of them stated that,

“Having used the archive in the past I’d always wondered what was lurking behind the doors through which items appeared and the opportunity to see for myself the city’s cavernous Archive and conservation department was unmissable!”

‘It was fascinating to observe Nottingham in a new perspective; steeped in history.”

“The project has been really good,  I got to go to the Nottingham Archives and learn about Nottingham’s history.  I think this project is boosting my confidence”


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