A Mile in My Shoes: '81 Uprisings

🗓️ 13–27 APRIL 2023


⏱️ 12–6PM DAILY


Take an imaginative leap into stories of childhood, love, art-making, coming-of-age, sexuality, family, activism, conflict, community, music, dancing, and much more – each told by someone who lived through the momentous uprisings of 1981.

In 1981, Black communities in Brixton rose up in bloody confrontation with the Met Police – against a backdrop of racism, severe economic recession and high unemployment. They followed on from similar events in Bristol the year before, and the summer of ‘81 brought further uprisings across England – including in Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. It was a critical moment in the movement for social justice in Britain, leading to landmark recommendations for police reform and local regeneration policies, as well as, crucially, a new sense of Black British empowerment.

A Mile in My Shoes: 81 Uprisings brings together stories from people who were there at the time, and who felt the reverberations through homes, streets, and communities across the country – in ways we all still live with today. Find us in the heart of Brixton, swap your shoes for a pair donated by each of the 35 storytellers, grab some headphones, and head out on a physical and empathic journey that might change how you see the world.

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Our shoebox will be less than 0.2 miles from Brixton Underground station, which is also served by multiple bus routes.


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Photograph by David Hoffman.