On Saturday 1st October, London Transport Museum hosted a fantastic day of workshops to celebrate this year’s Black History Month. Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK since 1987. Its aim is to recognise the contributions of African, Asian and Caribbean people to the economic, cultural and political life in London and the UK.
So why does the Museum choose to celebrate Black History Month? Well, Transport for London is an incredibly diverse organisation, with nearly 30% of its workforce Black, Asian and Minority Ethic (BAME). The TfL BAME staff network group are always keen to make Black History Month a focal point of their year, to promote the work they do and to celebrate the organisation’s diversity. For the past 3 years the BAME staff network group have worked in partnership with the Museum to deliver activities, with this year’s event being the biggest yet!
On Saturday we ran a storytelling session, telling families all about the amazing Caribbean bus drivers in the 1960s who played for London Transport’s Central Road Services cricket team. Being great sportsmen, the team won the cricket championship 26 years in a row, with lots of their players being awarded the London Transport’s sportsman of the year trophy. In the afternoon, current TfL staff came along in their uniforms and helped to deliver a hat making workshop. Using the fantastic Rastafarian uniform hat and a uniform turban from our collection as inspiration, families made hats to take home, and the event was a great success.
Now to work out what to do for next year’s Black History Month to make it even bigger and better…!