George Padmore Institute

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George Padmore Institute
Formation 1991 (1991)
Founder John La Rose

The George Padmore Institute (GPI), founded in 1991 in Stroud Green Road, North London, by John La Rose (1927–2006) and a group of political and cultural activists connected to New Beacon Books,[1] is an archive, library, educational resource and research centre that houses "materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe". The Institute also hosts talks and readings, as well as other educational and cultural activities.[2][3][4]

The organization is named in honour of Trinidad-born pan-Africanist George Padmore though does not house archive collections relating to him.[5]

Since 2010 the GPI has received grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund[6][7] to catalogue and interpret its collections and materials.[8] Among other projects, the funding has enabled the GPI to open up to public access the archives of founding chair John La Rose through The Dream to Change the World Project.[9][10] The exhibition Dream to Change the World: The Life & Legacy of John La Rose was mounted at Islington Museum from 22 May to 29 August 2015,[11][12][13] with a number of associated public events and workshops for schools taking place during the course of the exhibition.[14][15]

Archives held[edit]

The archives in the care of the GPI include the following:[1]

The ground floor of the GPI building is occupied by the New Beacon Bookshop.


  1. ^ a b "About the George Padmore Institute", LKJ Records, 17 December 2008.
  2. ^ George Padmore Institute.
  3. ^ "A Christmas Lunch to change the world at George Padmore Institute", Finsbury Park People, 2 December 2010.
  4. ^ "New Cross Massacre – Book", The Black Presence in Britain.
  5. ^ "Who was George Padmore", Who we are, GPI website.
  6. ^ "£4.4million spring lottery bonanza for London's heritage: The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced confirmed grants worth £4.4million for seven key heritage projects in seven boroughs across the capital", Heritage Lottery Fund, 15 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Citizens of a Common Future: forward steps for the George Padmore Institute (GPI)", Heritage Lottery Fund.
  8. ^ Emma Allison, "Black educationalists and the George Padmore Institute", Newsam News, 10 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Projects", George Padmore Institute.
  10. ^ "Dr Ruth Bush" (biography), University of Bristol.
  11. ^ "Dream to Change the World: The Life & Legacy of John La Rose", George Padmore Institute.
  12. ^ Jon Dean, "Caribbean legend’s tale is exposed in Islington exhibition", Islington Gazette, 25 April 2015.
  13. ^ Angela Cobbinah, "John La Rose: Dream to change the world", 6 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Curating The Exhibition", George Padmore Institute.
  15. ^ "Thursday 20th August: Final Public Event for Dream to Change the World Exhibition", George Padmore Institute, 18 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in Kenya Collection: 1975-1998". George Padmore Institute. Retrieved May 13, 2018.

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