Back to Black: Alexandra Palace's Black History Tour

Back to Black: Alexandra Palace’s Black History Tour – Unearthing the largely unknown stories of the black men and women that lived, worked and performed at Alexandra Palace, on a tour that explores black culture from Victorian Britain onwards.

Viewed from the prism of the Victorian looking glass, the Palace becomes a vehicle from which to explore a range of 20th century attitudes towards black culture, including: Victorian objectification of Nubians; 80s concepts of Beauty with the Afro Hair & Beauty show; 70s radicalisation of the Rock Against Racism movement, and the first ever TV broadcast featuring the comic duo Buck and Bubbles on the opening night of television in 1936.

Created and led by black history tour specialist Avril Nanton.


This tour is 75 mins long and entirely step free, however please tell us about of any mobility or access issues in advance –

Suitable for 16+
Please note this a free but ticketed event

    How to get here

    Alexandra Palace
    Alexandra Palace Way
    N22 7AY

    Tube: Wood Green
    Railway: Alexandra Palace Rail
    Bus: W3 or Shuttle Bus