Come and meet Lewis Latimer, the man who came from humble beginnings to work with Thomas Edison and transformed the way we see the world. He invented the lightbulb filament, making Edison's most famous invention a success, and travelled to Brixton to light up Electric Avenue. With Latimer's help, you will learn about how circuits and lightbulbs work, as well as some of his other scientific breakthroughs. There will also be a talk by a contemporary science fiction author, to inspire attendees to write their own response to this overlooked figure of science. Creative pieces of prose and fiction produced by attendees will then be on display.
The performance and experiments with Latimer and the talk/workshop by the writer will take place between 11:00-12:45 and 13:00-14:45.
An exhibition of archival material housed at the Black Cultural Archives and other archives will evidence the impact Latimer had on South London communities, open to the public with BCA opening times.