Events in Thetford commemorate its cultural heritage

Mark Westley Photography Ancient House Museum in Thetford
Mark Westley Photography Ancient House Museum in Thetford
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Thetford is celebrating its rich heritge with a number of events this month, giving people the chance to learn more about the myriad cultures that influenced the town.

Black History Month, which runs throughout October each year, is designed to teach people more about African and Caribbean cultures which gave their influence to Norfolk.

The events organised by Breckland Council will feature African sotrytelling, Caribbean inspired art, and Thetford mayor Dr Allan Minns, the first black mayor in the UK who was elected in 1904.

On October 23 Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life learning officer Melissa Hawker will give a talk about ‘The Life of Dr Allan Minns’, who was originally from the Bahamas and played important roles at Thetford workhouse and the local hospital.

The free talk will take place at 2pm in Thetford Library.

The Anicent House Museum of Thetford Life will be holding an event from 10.30am to 1pm on October 29, ‘From the Punjab to the Caribbean - Thetford’s Black History’.

The event will provide the chance for visitors to get creative by making badges and to hear about Britain’s first Sikh resident, Maharaja Duleep Singh, who lived in Elveden Hall.

Breckland’s executive member for community and environmental services Lynda Turner said: “I’m delighted that we are able to offer such a fantastic mix of events. Breckland has a rich history and I’m pleased that we can share these fantastic stories and celebrate our diverse communities.”