Black Poppies Exhibition
We are honoured to have this exhibition visit our school.
The Black Poppies Exhibition is about the heritage of black people during the First World War. This is a fascinating and hidden history, and uncovering this offers many people, some of whom are likely to be new to heritage, an exciting way into appreciating the importance of heritage to our lives today. Southwark is home to 67,000 black people from Africa and the Caribbean, and it is also a borough where the heritage of the black community is understood as a shared aspect of everyone's heritage. History Press has published a book in August about black people’s part in the First World War. The book, called Black Poppies, is written by a leading community historian from Southwark (Stephen Bourne). The first print run of Black Poppies ran out inside a week or two, and it is now being re-printed. http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/black-history-books/4566343725 The Black Poppies exhibition will enable local residents in Southwark to understand the experience of people from Africa and the West Indies 100 years ago and to reflect upon what this means for Southwark today.