An online museum celebrating the contributions of people of colour to the UK’S creative industries from 1766 – 2016.

Museum of Colour (MoC) is a heritage and creativity social enterprise currently incubated at People’s Palace Projects. It is building a digital museum to explore the contribution made by People of Colour to the nations culture, specifically in film, television and the arts from 1766 – 2016.

Respect Due will be a unique gallery in the Museum of Colour, responding to the threat the pandemic poses to this heritage. Our first exhibition People of Letters launched in September 2019.

Why now?

Our thorough process from research and development phase to launch is done by art form and takes between a year and eighteen months to deliver. The theatre and film galleries will take longer than poetry and crafts due to differing production times. As things currently stand, it might take fifteen years to build the full Museum, which is the challenge we are currently facing.

Each and every life lost to the current pandemic of COVID-19 is a cause of sadness. None the less, it is clear that the virus is claiming the lives of people over the age of 70 at an alarming rate, with a disproportionately high death of people of African, Caribbean and Asian background. As these are the people who are essential to our galleries, this challenge that has been ever present since the inception of our gallery has now been thrown into huge relief.

A generation of creatives are growing up in the belief that they are doing things for the very first time – because the achievements of the generations that came before have not been methodically documented. Capturing as many of these unique perspectives as possible is the goal of this project, and it has never been more urgent to achieve.

The project

Respect Due  asked chosen individuals to nominate someone in their industry who they want to pay public respect to. We  contacted their nominee and alongside an original piece of artwork of them by artist Naki Narh, we also had an interview with each participant, and an artefact that they choose to donate to the Museum. This will form the basis of the Museum and we hope as the Museum grows, we revisit this exhibition to continue celebrating these individuals.

Follow the link to see the first participant in Respect Due – renowned fabulist Suniti Namjoshi.

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Original artwork by Naki Narh


Respect Due is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The team comprises Samenua Sesher OBE, Founder and Project Director of Museum of Colour and Germma Orleans-Thompson, Project Coordinator.



Paul Hamlyn