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Download our archive of Black history in Northampton below

Northamptonshire's Black history stretches back many centuries and is partially revealed through evidence in the records. It is equally important to record and document the history of Black people in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The project has worked to discover where the records of Black community activities are located and to ensure that they are identified, sorted and preserved for the future. These records document social and community life as well as fights for equality and justice. They are part of the local history of the county and a vital part of our communal heritage.


As John Arthur, Chair of the Ghana Union, said “important things happened because of ordinary people and it is vital therefore that their records are preserved.”

The records of 15 Black community organisations representing at least 40 years of community activity have been placed at Northamptonshire Record Office by project staff. Click here to find out which organisations have preserved their records and activities.


You too can make history and ensure that your activities are represented by placing a selection of records at the Record Office. Alternatively, the Record Office can give you advice about how you can look after your records in the long term. Contact Northamptonshire Record Office today on 01604 762129.

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