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Haringey Borough Council and University of Cambridge host comb exhibition as part of Black History Month
Haringey Borough Council has teamed up with the country’s top university to host a unique exhibition to celebrate black history.
Cambridge University and the council are hosting an exhibition exploring the origins of afro combs at Tottenham’s Bruce Castle Museum as part of Black History Month in October.
It will feature combs from across the world and explores Haringey’s place in the African-Caribbean hair industry as home to Dyke and Dryden, the UK’s first distributor.
The firm, founded in Tottenham High Road in the 1960s, became Britain’s first black-owned multi-million pound business.
It went on to stage the first international exhibition of Afro hair and beauty in London in 1983.
Councillor Richard Watson, cabinet member for communities, asked residents to contact the council and share stories of afro combs that have been in their family for generations.
He said: “We want to put residents at the centre of this creative exhibition, so if you have an afro comb that’s been in your family for generations or simply have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you.
“Black History Month has been a highlight of Haringey’s cultural calendar for many years and I encourage all residents to make the most of the wealth of fascinating events happening across the borough.”
There will also be a range of film showings, book launches and lectures happening across the borough throughout October.
People can even get free expert advice on how to research their family history from Patrick Vernon OBE, one of the UK’s leading African and Caribbean genealogists.
He will be running two workshops at Wood Green Library.
If you have an afro comb with a story or would like to find out more about Bruce Castle Museum’s exhibition, contact deputy curator Robert Waite on 020 8808 8772 or email@example.com
To find out more about the events this Black History Month, visit your local library or download the booklet here www.haringey.gov.uk/blackhistorymonth
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