Black History


A Black History Display at Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum of Primitive Methodism

Englesea Brook have created a display exploring the Black History of Primitive Methodism.   The display, entitled “Equal?”, begins by exploring Methodist opposition to, and campaigns for, the abolition of the slave trade and the emancipation of slaves.  It brings to light Zilpha Elaw, an “American Female of Colour”, who wrote about the discrimination she experienced on account of her race and gender when preaching in British chapels in the 1840s.  The difficulties of exploring PM missions to Africa are discussed and questions posed about how we can join with those we share our faith with today. The display ends by examining home missions within the UK, highlighting the Whitechapel Mission.  A variety of artefacts will be on display, including missionary collecting boxes, photographs, and Nigerian instruments and dishes.

The display opened on Saturday 18th September 2021, just in time for Black History Month UK in October 2021, and will be in place until October 2022.

Black History Digital Exhibition:

For those unable to attend the exhibition at Englesea Brook (particularly during our closed season, November to March) we have created this digital version to give you a taste of the stories contained in our exhibition.


Equal? will be open again:

Friday 1st April 2022 – Monday 31st October 2022

Black History Month Videos

We have recently launched our own YouTube Channel.  To mark Black History Month 2021 we have posted our three Heritage Talks from Black History Month 2020 as the Channel’s inaugural videos: