Faustina Yawson

Protest, Power and Publications

Britain in the 70s and 80s was rumbling with a Black community fighting for change. And while the spoken word of protest was crucial in working to achieve this, the printed word also played a role in galvanising and establishing freedom movements.

In this podcast, Faustina Yawson, New Museum School trainee at London Metropolitan Archives, City of London, explores the link between publications and Black activism at the time. Using the Huntley Archives (LMA/4462, LMA/4463) to discuss how Black magazines, pamphlets and newspapers, worked to bring the Black community together and challenge Britain’s racism.

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About Faustina

While studying at the University of Birmingham Faustina was able to develop her interest in arts, history and heritage by undertaking a yearlong internship at the University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collection in her final year. This allowed her to work on digitisation and research projects, broadening her understanding of the significant work heritage does in preserving and bringing to light different cultural and artistic traditions.

After graduating, Faustina was able to build on her experience and aspirations of a career in heritage, by completing a placement at Gunnersbury Park Museum. This involved working closely with the museum’s collections and exhibitions, seeing how local history is used to reflect and inspire communities.

Since starting the New Museum School and working in an archive, Faustina explored a new and exciting side of heritage. This has included working on the Culture& collection, a compilation of insightful interviews that discuss how music brings together ideas of identity, diaspora and migration.