Britain On Film: Black Britain at Cleethorpes Library

Explore the history of the UK through the eyes and voices of black Britons throughout the 20th century at Cleethorpes Library on Wednesday 3rd October from 7.30pm.

Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen. Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and ‘mother country’ in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.

Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is not just an important way to understand our collective history - offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality - but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.

Doors open at 7.30pm with film screenings starting at 8pm. Admission is £3.50 per person, per film and no concessions are available. 

Bookings can be made at Cleethorpes Library on (01472) 323650 or email  It is advisable to book in advance as places may be limited.