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Monday 16 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 17 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 18 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday 19 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Friday 20 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Saturday 21 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday 22 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Monday 23 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 24 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 25 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday 26 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Friday 27 October: 9:30am - 7:30pm

St John's Chapel, St John's College, CB2 1TP

The Black Cantabs is a historical and research focused society that aims to uncover Cambridge University's lost and forgotten black students by highlighting and sharing their past and present stories, experiences and achievements. Through its activities, the society documents and features the diverse and rich histories of these pioneering scholars.

Launched in 2015, the Black Cantab Project is one of such efforts. This exhibition highlights the records of distinguished black alumni, many of whom went on to play prominent roles in the sciences, law and politics all over the world and most commonly in Africa, the United States and the West Indies. Some notable figures include: Gloria Cumper from Jamaica who studied Law at Girton in 1945, becoming the first black woman to study law at Cambridge and going on to establish the University of West Indies Law department. Joseph Ephraim Casely Hayford of Peterhouse College studied law in 1893. A prominent leader in the Ghanaian independence movement, he is known for his contributions to Pan-Africanism theories. Many more of the important achievements of past students are traced and featured in this exhibition.

Visit this exhibition to explore and enjoy the visual display, and learn more about the history of black scholarship at Cambridge.

Bookings currently unavailable

Bookings will open at 11am on Monday 25 September

Booking Information

No need to book.


Step-free access, Partial access - please call for details
Phone: 01223 766766

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Age: All ages, Exhibition, Drop in, Free