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03 October 2018

The Press supports new exhibition celebrating centuries of black students at Cambridge

The Press is proud to be supporting a University Library exhibition of portraits telling the stories of black students in Cambridge. The exhibition, called Black Cantabs: History Makers, opened on 1 October 2018, marking the first day of the UK’s Black History Month, and will run until 22 December 2018.

The collection of photographic portraits will celebrate centuries of black students at Cambridge (from 1700 to the present day) and inspire future generations, telling the stories of forgotten pioneers of centuries past to the celebrated successes of today. The collection represents a reinvention of the traditional Cambridge portraits that are seen around the University.

Featuring trailblazers from the first black British army officer to the first black female composer to have a composition played at the Proms, the exhibition features famous faces such as Zadie Smith, Thandie Newton and Naomie Harris alongside rare archive images. New portraits are being taken by the city of Cambridge’s chief chronicler, Sir Cam, including of classical composer Errollyn Wallen, jazz singer Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan and MP Diane Abbott. These portraits will hang on the University Library’s 'Royal Corridor'.

The exhibition builds on the research project undertaken by the Black Cantabs Society, the members of which are students, staff and alumni of the University. You can see the results of the project on the Society's website here.

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