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“Many young Black people from our community only engage with heritage when they visit museums during their educational studies. This project shows Black leadership, as well as archive material outside of the normal educational environment."

Neil Kenlock


Expectations Project

Neil’s 2018 Expectations project was launched to increase public awareness and give access to images of black British community leaders.


The photographs in this collection covered two decades, from the 1960s to the 1970s, giving a unique insight into the lives and experiences of first-generation, African and Caribbean leaders who settled in the UK and influenced their communities.


The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the photobook 'Expectations' includes a foreword by Baroness Howells of St David.  

Project Legacy

This project was made possible by the HLF and without it the following activities would not have been possible:
  • Displaying photos from Neil's archives at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton (2018- 2023) 

  • Islington Central Library Expectations Exhibition (2018)

  • St Georges University Hospital  from Expectations Exhibition (2019 - to date)

  • Developed the skills of more than 32 African and Caribbean volunteers who were students, unemployed and other under-represented people in the community

  • Engaged with more 1.2 million people through social media 

  • Organised 20 events attended by MPs, councillors, mayors and community members

  • Produced online exhibitions and education packs for schools launched at the National Portrait Gallery.

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