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Discover Chesterfield’s Black History at the Museum

Rachel Fannen (Museum Collections Officer), Cllr Lud Ramsey and Cllr Glenys Falconer the Mayor of Chesterfield

Chesterfield Museum have joined forces with the Chesterfield African Caribbean Community Association (ACCA) to launch a new exhibition that will help you learn about the history and experiences of Chesterfield’s black community.

The exhibition was opened by Chesterfield’s Mayor Councillor Glenys Falconer on Friday 1 October to celebrate the start of Black History Month.

It aims to tell the story of Chesterfield’s Windrush Generation, highlighting the challenges they faced when establishing new lives in Chesterfield and how they overcame these. It also looks at younger generations experiences of living in the town.

The exhibition includes powerful video interviews with members of the community who share their memories and experiences. On display will be personal items and memorabilia as well as special awards received.

Councillor Lud Ramsey, who represents Spire Ward at Derbyshire County Council and is the Chair of ACCA said: “Local History is an important subject that should always be explored and studied. However, some bits of history always seem to be left out or forgotten.

“ACCA and Chesterfield Museum have worked together to inform the public about the contribution the black community has made to Chesterfield.

“Our exhibition will be displayed at the museum during Black History Month to enhance everyone's knowledge about some of the experiences and stories of the black community in our town as well as highlighting their positive achievements and contributions.”

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “It’s important that we use our Museum to help people learn about our history and we should not exclude any part. This is an important exhibition and there is lots to learn and understand.”

The exhibition is open to the public until 15 January 2022.

Chesterfield Museum is open Mondays and Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free but donations are welcome.


First published on 01 October 2021 Last updated on 01 October 2021