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Black history month events

A series of free Darwin Centre Live events at
the Natural History Museum
Saturday 2 and Sunday 10 to Friday 14 October

This October is Black History Month, which marks the cultural history and influence of black people in Britain. Join the celebrations in a series of free Darwin Centre Live events exploring race and gender in the sciences, the huge importance of Jamaican collections to the Natural History Museum and how nature inspires the Notting Hill Carnival.

Mahogany: Wildlife Carnival Inspiration
Saturday 2 October and Sunday 10 October, 12.00 and 14.30

The Notting Hill Carnival is world famous for the originality, colour and vibrancy of its costumes and Mahogany is a group of Harlesden-based artists who create some of the amazing outfits. Join designer Clary Salandy and engineer Michael Ramdeen as they show some of their costumes and explain how the natural world inspires their choice of materials and designs.

Uneven Distribution: Race and Gender in the Sciences
Monday 11 October, 14.30

Modern Britain is supposed to have moved beyond discrimination based on race and sex, and science is supposed to be the most modern of endeavours. But is science a level playing field? Join scientist and activist Liz Rasekoala to discuss equality in the sciences and what can be done to improve the situation.

Roots and Herbs
Tuesday 12 October, 14.30

Roots and Herbs is a new project aiming to use Natural History Museum historic specimens, collected by Sir Hans Sloane in Jamaica nearly 320 years ago, to aid the Caribbean community in discovering more about its cultural history. Discover more about the project and how you can get involved.

The Botany of Brixton Market
Wednesday 13 and Friday 15 October, 14.30

Take a look at the history of Afro-Caribbean and world cuisine through the colours, smells and tastes of south London’s Brixton market. Discover the natural history of breadfruits, yams and plantains and hear from shoppers and food sellers about their favourite recipes.

Darwin Centre Live in the GlaxoSmithKline Studio at the Natural History Museum is a free programme of informal events where visitors can talk to scientists, hear more about their work at the Museum and around the world and see the fascinating specimens they work with. For further information, please contact the Natural History Museum by calling 020 7942 5000 or visit .

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Notes for editors

These events are part of Black History Month, the annual celebration of black history across the country. More than 1,400 national events will promote knowledge of black history and experience, spreading information on positive black contributions to British society and to heightening the confidence and awareness of black people in their cultural heritage

Visitor information
Venue: Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Dates: Saturday 2 and Sunday 10 to Friday 14 October
Public enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Entry: free to all

The Natural History Museum is open Monday - Saturday
10.00-17.50, Sunday - 11.00-17.50
The Natural History Museum's public enquiries telephone number is 020 7942 5000
The Museum is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
For access details telephone 020 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Entry to the Museum: FREE

For images or further information, please contact:

Jo Glyde or Chloe Kembery, Science Communication PR
Tel: 020 7942 5880/5881
Email: or
(not for publication)

Issued September 2004