People of Letters is the pilot project for Museum of Colour, a digital museum focused on the creative journeys of British people of colour.

The project will celebrate how writers of colour in the U.K have been encouraged and promoted over the past 250 years. It will explore the memories and experiences of those who felt it was important to support these writers – and in doing so, will create new, tangible heritage for the nation. It will be comprised of four strands: Portraits, Films, Workshops and Performance.

The Portraits strand will be photographic portraits of a curated selection of individuals who have and are supporting writers of colour.

The Film strand will expand upon the Portraits. Six of the portrait subjects will each choose 6 objects from their life that reflects who they are today and how they got to this point.

The Workshops strand will all be done in partnership with the Bodleian Library in Oxford. It will explore how to improve access to existing content, manuscript handling and curating an exhibition based on the written word.

The Performance strand will comprise of 10 writers of colour who will each select one artefact from the Pitt Rivers Museum to write a piece of work.  This will culminate in one day of promenade performances in Oxford in September.

This performance date will coincide with the Museum of Colour going live, with the first exhibition being the Portraits and Films from the People of Letters gallery.

If you would like any further information about Museum of Colour, or People of Letters please contact Samenua and Germma on


We gratefully acknowledge the support of National Lottery Heritage Fund to this project.