BHM2020: Iyamide Thomas on ‘The Krios of Sierra Leone’ Exhibition

  • A multiracial group of friends, laughing, drinking coffee and taking selfies

This event will be held online

Iyamide co-curated ‘The Krios of Sierra Leone’ exhibition at the Museum of London, which is currently on display until March 2021. In this talk, she explains the background to the exhibition and the importance of showcasing this heritage.

Iyamide Thomas, co-curator of 'The Krios of Sierra Leone' exhibition, at the Museum of London. 




The Krios of Sierra Leone includes contemporary objects from the collections of Krio Londoners, as well as 19th Century objects related to British colonial rule in Sierra Leone from the museum’s collections. Together, these highlight the diversity of cultures brought to Sierra Leone that became uniquely Krio. Today’s Krios descend from the first settlers sent to Sierra Leone in the late 18th & 19th centuries by the British, including London’s black poor, black Loyalists freed during the American revolution, Jamaican Maroons and Africans freed from illegal slave ships after the abolition of the slave trade in 1807. From its origins in transatlantic slavery through to the involvement of prominent abolitionists, the story of the Krio ties in to the wider themes of the gallery and is central, not just to the story of the museum’s building and the surrounding docks, but to the story of London itself.

This event is hosted by the Lincolnshire Heritage Students' Forum.

  • Date: Tuesday 7 October 2020
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Platform: Zoom

This event will be held online.

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