Black History Month at IALS

IALS logo for Black History Month

Join us to celebrate Black History Month here at IALS. IALS library has curated a number of displays centred on its collections to reflect the themes of Black History Month UK.  

Our Location: 17 Russell Square 

The site of 17 Russell Square, currently home to the institute and library was formerly the Colonial Centre, which opened in 1943  as a hub for students from the Colonies, members of the armed forces and civilian workers during wartime. The Imperial War Museum has a series of photographs taken by Jack Bryson for the Ministry of Information Photo Division in 1944.  Interesting fact:  the Ministry of Information was located in Senate House, University of London during the 1940's. 

Photo of Mr D A Thomas (a law student) and Miss Rosamund Harding (a student teacher) on the balcony overlooking Russell Square in 1944

Photo of  Alfred Stanismore (from British Honduras), Mr Colley (journalism student from Gambia) and Mr Magzaka (medical student from South Africa) in 1944

Photo of visitors listening to Stanley Carter playing the piano in 1944

Photos courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

Video Presentation:  The Colonial Centre at IALS

IALS E-Resources and Collections

IALS has compiled a list of useful e-resources from our library catalogue for those interested in researching the themes around Black History Month.  

Image for Black History Month selected e-resources from the IALS Library collection

Library Displays

Displays on the second floor include a selection of books and journals on relevant themes and other items from the IALS Library and Archives collections.

Image of Black History Mont stand in library

Front view of the Black History Month stand in the library

Display cabinet for Black History Month in the libary


Please ask at our Library Enquiries Desk if you would like more information on Black History Month at IALS. 

Page last updated: 25th October 2022