Preston’s African Caribbean Stories
This Harris in the City exhibition is the first of a number that will take place around Preston whilst the museum is closed for major refurbishment and re-display. The exhibition has been curated and written by members of Preston’s Caribbean community and presents stories and objects that give an insight into community life.
Many of the stories are celebratory and highlight the huge contribution that the community has made to the city for more than 60 years, including music, sport, food and Preston’s vibrant Caribbean Carnival. Others such as the Windrush scandal and the Black Lives Matter campaign reflect the more challenging aspects of community life. Working together in this way with the Harris and UCLan has started a journey that will make sure that these stories and the voices of the community are embedded in Preston’s history.
Additional displays of the ‘Black is Beautiful?’ research by UCLan academic David Knight will be included, featuring images of local women of African descent presenting their beauty in a way they feel comfortable with. We will see their images with statements influenced by or questioning the mainstream ideals of the society in which they live. All the statements came from African people who took part in a series of focus group sessions to reflect how African people view their own aesthetic.