George Padmore Institute

The GPI is an archive, educational research and information centre housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent, in Britain and continental Europe.

Founded in 1991, we are based in North London where we often hold educational and cultural activities including talks and readings. We also publish relevant materials and continue to make our archives accessible to the general public.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive

Additional info

Our archive is open to the public by appointment only.

Archive collections currently accessible to the public:
Caribbean Artists Movement (1966-1972) - newsletters, correspondence, interviews, transcripts of interviews, forums and symposia, photographs, audio material; Black Education Movement (late 1960s to the present) - minutes, leaflets, campaign material, posters, audio material, photographs; Black Supplementary School Movement (late 1960s to the present) - minutes, leaflets, campaign material, posters, audio material, photographs; Black Parents Movement, the Black Youth Movement, the Alliance of the BPM, BYM and Race Today Collective (1975 to the late 1980s) - minutes, leaflets, campaign material, posters, audio material, photographs; New Cross Massacre Action Committee (1981-1985) - minutes, leaflets, campaign material, posters, photographs; International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books (1982-1995) - minutes, publicity material, brochures, posters, transcripts, audio material, photographs; Ephemeral Material Collected by John La Rose (1952-1996) - social, political and cultural organisations, campaigns, national and international newsletters, journals and publications; European Action for Racial Equality and Social Justice (early 1990s)- minutes, leaflets, campaign materials, posters, photographs; Rare journals and newspapers Caribbean, African and African-American - relating to the interconnections between different communities of the black diaspora.
Not yet available: we also have in our possession, or will have in the future when the Institute is ready to manage them, the individual archives of a number of our Trustees such as our late founding Chair, John La Rose, Gus John, our Treasurer and Ian Macdonald QC.

Collection details

World Cultures, Social History, Law and Order

George Padmore Institute
76 Stroud Green Road
Finsbury Park
Greater London
N4 3EN




020 7272 8915


020 7281 4662

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