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Black History Live : Untold Stories exhibition !

II cant believe its nearly here ! After 2 years of research and development, we are only a few months away ftom launching one of the most exciting and groundbreaking exhibitions to take place across Kent and Medway, that focusses on the African and Caribbean heritage of Kent. 

The exhibition will take place at the Chatham Historic Dockyard from 5th October to the 2nd December. 

There will be a wide range of activities, presentations, and workshops taking place during the two months.  

Keep visiting this page of for more information. 

To visit the exhibition you will need to purchase an annual ticket. These tickets are great value for money, because once you have purchased them, you can visit as many times as you like !

To find out more about the exhibition and to purchase tickets, visit


Untold Stories, The documentary

For Tickets to the event please click on the following links:

The Brook Theatre screening :

Gulbenkain screening


Young Black Achievers Awards 2018

Nominations are now open for our 13th annual Young Black Achievers Awards. We are delighted to be supported again by Midkent College and Medway Council Black Workers' Forum. We re still look for sponsors for this prestigious event. Every year we receive some amazing nominations and in the past 11 years have given out over 100 awards plus! so help us to grow and celebrate the achievements of young black people across Kent and Medway

This year we are also recognising those who are part of the Windrush generation in the region. Those who made a contributioin to the region who have lived and worked here from the 1948  to 1971

More details on the events page

Want to perform at the awards ceremony? or know someone who would like to perform? get in touch! email



Call to Action: MACA Black History Live Project

This is a call to action for actors. actresses. dancers, singers, stagehands , costume designers, make up artists. Medway African and Caribbean Association
Can you act, sing, dance? Have technical skills, make costumes, hair, make up !
Check this out !Auditions taking place for the Black History Live drama production !
We will be holding auditions  on Saturday 13th  May 12-3pm at Mid Kent College, Gillingham Rd, Medway for a new drama production depicting the lives of African and Caribbean people in the 19th and 20th Century. This production will require people of all backgrounds, as we will be recreating the lives and stories surrounding people at that time. So Black , White, all welcome !
We are also looking for people who have technical skills, can make costumes, help with hair, make up.  Check this
For more information on this call to action please email  Yassmin or Carol at, or call 0844 884 9502

Medway African and Caribbean Association

brings Black History to Life with Heritage Lottery Fund support

Medway African and Caribbean Association ( MACA) has received £67,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting and innovative project called  "Black History Live"  taking place across Kent and Medway. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the history and legacy of African and Caribbean People across Kent and Medway during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Through a series of research workshops, the project will enable local communities to learn more about the history and legacy of African and Caribbean people in the region, culminating in an exhibition called Black History Live that will take place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Autumn 2018.  Alongside this, a learning resource, a drama production and specially trained exhibition guides will be created in order to tell these fascinating stories. Black History Live will be of great benefit to young people and the wider community, providing the opportunity to learn more about heritage in an engaging way, as well as the opportunity to develop new skills in areas such as research, production and drama.  It is also hoped that it will go some way to break down some of the social barriers that exist between different communities in Kent and Medway.

Kent and Medway has a very rich history with regards to African and Caribbean people such as Walter Tull, Olaudah Equiano, Chatham Cuffay and many more.  Through this project we aim to bring their stories to life.

Commenting on the award, Carol Stewart, Chairperson of Medway African and Caribbean Association  said: “We are really excited to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This has been our biggest achievement to date, and we believe this project will open up many doors for the local community, and provide a unique opportunity for the whole community to learn and appreciate the contribution that the African and Caribbean community have made during that time. A lot of our history remains untold, and we aim to bring it to life in a way that engages and enthuses people to want to learn more. A project like this has never been done before on such as scale as far as we are aware in Kent and Medway, so we are really pleased to be spearheading something that is going to create a long lasting legacy. We could not have achieved this without the support of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Mid Kent College, Dickens World, Medway Council Black Workers forum,  Medway Council Arts Team, local historians Brian Joyce and Marika Sherwood, also the Nubian Jak Memorial Trust and JD Douglas”

Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “This is an important project that will uncover and highlight the little known heritage of African and Caribbean people in Kent and Medway over 200 years. From footballer Walter Tull to composer Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the figures that will be investigated led fascinating lives and I’m delighted that we are able to provide this National Lottery support that will ensure their stories are better known across the county.”




Notes to editors

About Medway African and Caribbean Association

Established in 1984 , the charity exists to raise awareness of  African and Caribbean culture, and to promote the needs of people of African and Caribbean people/descent through social , cultural, educational programmes across Kent and Medway. MACA holds regular drop in's at the Sunlight Centre for senior citizens, has a Young People's group, holds regular social events, and fundraisers.


About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery

For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Carol Stewart


0844 884 9502

Get involved!

Find out how by contacting us at:



c/o The Sunlight Centre

105 Richmond Road

Gillingham, Kent




Or use our online contact form.


More volunteers

The recent recruitment campaign has boosted our numbers, but we are always looking to welcome more volunteers.

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