Black history exhibition in Carlisle

The exhibition is on display at the Cumbria Archive Centre Photo: ITV Border

An exhibition exploring the contribution black people made to Cumbria's history has gone on display.

Cumbria's hidden heritage is a collection of documents from the 18th and 19th century looking at the men and women who made Cumbria their home.

The exhibition, at the Archive Centre in Carlisle, highlights Cumbria and south-west Scotland's involvement in the slave trade

  • Senior Archivist Tom Robson explained what the exhibition is about:

One of Cumbria's claims to fame is that the very first black policeman to go on the beat in Britain was called was from Carlisle. John Kent served in the Carlisle police force in the 1830's.

The exhibition is on until 31st October.