Black History Month and knitted aquarium take centre stage at Wakefield One


Stunning African clothes and a knitted aquarium are the latest eye-catching attractions to go on display at Wakefield One Library and Museum this month.

The Wakefield Council museum on Burton Street is celebrating Black History Month which runs throughout October, and highlights the history of black and ethic people in the district.

The display includes traditional dress from different African countries include clothing from Nigeria, the Gambia, Sierra Leone and Burundi. As well as artefacts from the museum's collection.

The items  have been brought together by Oshione Ekpeh of Wakefield based Afemai Children's Trust, pictured (left) with Alicja Szczapa of Wakefield English Language Project.

Cllr Les Shaw, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "We are proud to support black history month to honour black men and women.

"These events provide a great opportunity for us, along with the entire nation, to pay tribute to the tremendous contributions of black and ethnic minority people in our society."

Events are taking place across the district to mark Black History Month.

In a separate display at the museum, a group of dedicated craftspeople from WoolnStuff of Cross Square, Wakefield have created a kitted aquarium of fish, mermaids and Neptune– which will be on display from Saturday October 11. It took 25 knitters five months to create.