Reclaiming African History

Throughout October the Horniman and our partners are inviting you to share what reclaiming African history means to you.

The responses will be collated and shared online.

Reclaiming African History is a programme that supports young people in the UK and Kenya to undertake research on African history and collections. Their projects all respond to the question; what does reclaiming African history mean to you?

From December 2022, we will be exhibiting their responses as part of Ode to the Ancestors. This exhibition commemorates and celebrates the African Kenyan archaeologists whose names are absent from archaeological archives.

Our project partners, National Museums of Kenya have undertaken extensive archive research and will be holding a sister exhibition at Fort Jesus.

Ode to the Ancestors is being led by Sherry Davis, a former Community Action Researcher at the Horniman. Sherry is reclaiming her family’s history, inspired by her Granddad, Karisa Ndurya. Karisa played an important role excavating historical monuments in Kenya, but his name is nowhere to be found.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to get involved, please share a few words and post on your social media with the hashtag #ReclaimingAfricanHistory. You can also email us at

Your response might be:

  • Something important that you know about African History
  • Something you feel is missing in the way African history is taught or represented
  • Something you would like to know more about
  • Something that reflects your own history

You can contribute with a short video, an audio recording, or in writing. You are also welcome to share images.

We will be collating and sharing responses, both online and in the exhibition.

This project is funded by Arts Council England, British Council – East Africa Arts, UCL’s Heif Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund and MOBO Help Musicians.

Banner image: British Institute in Eastern Africa

Submit your response for a chance to win

Submit your response before 10 December 2022 to be in with a chance to win a prize.