Cambridge Uni gets connected

The Black Cantabs Research Society has just launched a new platform which is designed to help its aims of connecting up previous Black alumni from the University of Cambridge with present-day students.

With Cambridge again under the spotlight for its Widening Access issues, the story of Cambridge University’s black students from 1745 to the present day is told in a series of captivating portraits by some of the world’s greatest photographers.

Visitors will see rare archive photography such as Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya caught in a private moment at the United Nations and legendary social scientist Archie Mafeje strolling through Cape Town alongside iconic shots of screen stars Thandie Newton and Naomie Harris and writer Zadie Smith.

You’ll also find newly commissioned portraits of classical composer Errollyn Wallen, playwright Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan and MP Diane Abbott.

The stories behind each portrait will be explored through accompanying text that charts histories from the forgotten pioneers of centuries past to the celebrated successes of today. The exhibition represents the first time visitors can enjoy open access to the historic Royal Corridor of Cambridge University Library, while exploring ideas of black scholarship, celebrity and struggle.

The exhibition is curated by the Black Cantabs Research Society a student group dedicated to telling the lost or forgotten stories of Cambridge’s black students.

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