Walking Tours London, Walks London - Black History Walks
Walks, Talks and Films on the African History of Britain
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Listed in the Top Ten Best Guided Walks of London by the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/oct/06/10-best-london-guided-walks
As seen on BBC2's Great British Story 20 July 2012 click here
Sponsor of African Odysseys at the BFI Films on black history every month at the British Film Institute
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Black History Walks offer guided Walking Tours London to include the African history of London . These take place in St Pauls/Bank, Docklands, Soho, Trafalgar Square, Elephant & Castle and Notting Hill area from January to November and last 2-2.5 hours. Next Walks London
- Elephant and Castle September (date to be announced)
- Trafalgar Square September 27 Saturday 11am
- Secrets of Soho September 27th Saturday 2pm
- Notting Hill September 21st Sunday 11am
- St Pauls/Bank September 13 Saturday 3pm
I just wanted to let you know that the students REALLY enjoyed the tour yesterday. I polled them in class and everyone overwhelmingly had positive things to say. They particularly enjoyed how you incorporated modern day information into the tour. They said it was extremely informative and made it seem all really relevant. And today it was great listening to them as they walked around central London, noticing some of the things you'd pointed out. So, your work was very well received. Well done and thank you!
Lori Tharps, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Journalism, Temple University
You may hear this often, but many of my students named your tour as the best element of the trip last time. Nancy Comerau, Assistant Professor of English, Ohio Wesleyan University
Absolutely brilliant lecture and walk yesterday. Students were really energized. Thanks so much. Bill Mullen, Professor of English and American Studies, Purdue University
"Our guide's encyclopedic knowledge of the area, and his passion for black history, made for a rich and detailed learning experience. He was friendly and engaging, frequently involving the students in dialogue and relating his points to places and subjects that are familiar to them. The students were fascinated throughout and learned a great deal. We recommend this tour most highly!" Rebecca Whisnant, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Dayton
I just would like to say thank you so much for such an awesome talk last Monday! People are still talking about it, sharing the knowledge that was shared with us and walking round with an enhanced pride in their culture and history! It was such an insighful evening, where we learnt so much, so I would just like to say thanks again, and we would love to have you back so you will be hearing from us ! Stella, Student Officer Kent University
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We also offer films, talks and workshops on a variety of related topics all year long to complement our Walking Tours London. The talks are interactive multi-media presentations designed to suit, schools, colleges, universities, tourists, staff associations, community groups and public events such as product launches or seminars. We arrange public filmshows on history and current afairs in venues all over the country. We provide teacher and parent training, inset days and run long and short term interventions in primary/secondary schools, with classes or individual pupils. We work with 'at-risk' youth and run workshops in YOI's, Secure Units and with probationers
" Is there really any African/Caribbean History in London ? The Windrush only got here in 1948 ! "
One of the most interesting things about the African influence in Britain is that it is all around us in the very streets, institutions and architecture. What is even more interesting is that most of us have been so mis-educated formally and informally, that we are blind to it even when the physical evidence stares us in the face.
Our most popular walk is in the 'Square Mile' or the City of London. This is the oldest part of London and has a distinct political identity as it has its own Lord Mayor. It is also the centre of wealth creation for Britain but much of that wealth has been, and still is, created by Africa.
Above : The West Yorkshire PBCA came all the way from Huddersfield to do the St Pauls Walk. Courtesy Milton Brown.
'A brisk, informative stroll through the heart of the British Empire. Our cheerful and intellectually generous tour guide, led us through narrow alleyways and past Roman ruins, within halls constructed by powerful guilds; in the process, he revealed to us both the many layers of British history and the often unacknowledged cultural multiplicity at its core. The tour was exciting, informative and allowed everyone across age, interest, and temperament to participate and learn. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it for all.' Professor Caroline Brown, University of Montreal, Canada.'A truly inspiring day, filled with information I may have NEVER been aware of, if it was not for attending this walk. The friendly intellectually amazing tour guide relayed facts that I would have had to research for months to be aware of. I would URGE any and everyone, of all ages to attend - a great, fun, educational day out.' Isschara Maxine
The unique St Pauls/Bank walk takes inside streets and back alleys that one would never see from the main road. As we meander along the quiet footpaths bit by bit, we uncover the hidden connections between Africa, the Diaspora and the infrastructure of ancient and modern London. We show how certain fraternal societies benefited from African wealth and invested that wealth in academic institutions and charities. We reveal how African names came to be given to streets and areas.
We look at the visual imagery of London and point out the obvious African influences, which are so often ignored despite being quite blatant. There is even African architecture on display in certain areas although it is not recognised as such due to the euro-centric bias of the education system.
The walk illustrates the presence of Africans from Roman times and the British reaction to immigration as far back as 1596 when the Queen stated there were too many black people in Britain and they should be sent home! Banks and buildings, which were built directly and indirectly with African labour, are pointed out. We discuss the black British soldiers… of 1776 and 1794 and make comparisons to the black Spitfire and Bomber pilots of World War 2.
We point out the statues of people like William Beckford (twice Lord Mayor of the City of London) and Sir Martin Frobisher who are both regarded as British heroes but were both involved in kidnapping, forced labour and torture.
Left St Maurice of Heidelberg the African patron saint of Germany portrayed in the year 1523. Right Lecture on Hitlers Black Victims Imperial War Museum February 2009
We discover the connections between big business and the church by way of the banks and the “old boy network”. Another location points out the role that minority groups have played in regenerating inner London areas only to be priced out of them.
There are also walks in the Trafalgar Square, Notting Hill, Elephant & Castle and Docklands, details under Walks menu