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Untold Stories: A Celebration of Black People in Kent

October 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - December 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is hosting a temporary exhibition – Untold Stores: A Celebration of Black People in Kent.  This will be held in No. 1 Smithery.

This tells the story of African and Caribbean people across Kent and Medway in the 19th and 20th century.  The exhibition will reveal some of the fascinating stories of the life and contribution back people who lived in the historic boundaries of Kent – celebrating the incredible, but relatively unknown, contributions to politics, armed forces, sports, religion, society and the arts.  This community led and created exhibition, draws on ideas, thoughts and research from local groups and volunteers.

The exhibition will look at stories of those who sought to make a significant change such as William Cuffay (campaigner for political rights), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (a distinguished composer) and Sarah Forbes Bonnetta (Goddaughter of Queen Victoria).

The exhibition will also feature “The Front Room” Set.  This is part of African and Caribbean culture and was a special place in the house that took pride of place.  Many families that arrived in England during the 19th and 20th Century had to share houses, and as such wanted to keep a special place to entertain friends and family.  The game of dominoes, as well as others, were all part of the experience, so naturally there will be dominoes to play in the exhibition.  Other interactive fun within the gallery is in the form of a giant crossword created by students from Rochester Girls Grammar School.  The front room set will also act as a space for workshops for the whole family, including talks about the front room, a presentation about slavery and the abolitionist movement, as well as a chance to meet and hear from descendants of local heroes.

Untold Stories is included within the entry ticket to The Historic Dockyard and all tickets are valid for 12 months.

For more information visit The Historic Dockyard’s website.



October 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am
December 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm


The Historic Dockyard
Chatham, ME4 4TE United Kingdom
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The Historic Dockyard
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