How might museum exhibitions convey the complex dynamics of black British history? The ‘Krios of Sierra Leone’ is a new display at the Museum of London Docklands that tells the story of Sierra Leone’s Krio people. The Krios are descendants of previously enslaved African, Caribbean and African American peoples who, from 1787, were re-settled in Sierra Leone by the British.The display 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.
In this episode of the History Workshop Podcast, co-curators Melissa Bennett (Museum of London) and Iyamide Thomas (Historical Researcher for The Krios Dot Com) discuss their work on the exhibition. In the process they have a broader conversation about Black British history in museums and community-engaged museum practice.
Iyamide Thomas is Historical Researcher for The Krios Dot Com.
Melissa Bennett is Higher Education Programme Manager at Museum of London.