Tony warner


In the 5th and final This Is Not A Gateway Festival (2014) Tony Warner from Black History Walks led guided walks.

The walks revealed not just hundreds of years of African presence in the City of London but how the City of London was itself built as a result of the trading of African resources and the financialization and management of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade.


 Tony Warner, Black History Walks / Still from 'Margins to Mainstream: the story of Black Theatre in Britain' - Copyright  Octavia Foundation

Tony Warner, Black History Walks / Still from 'Margins to Mainstream: the story of Black Theatre in Britain' - Copyright Octavia Foundation


From the This Is Not A Gateway 2014 Festival Programme

SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2014 / 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Black History Walks - Meet outside St Paul’s tube station – near the Cafe Nero.

*ends at 1:00PM

The Corporation of London remains the institutional mastermind and financial instigator of most of Britain’s well-documented monstrous crimes around the world. Black History Walks will take you on a 100 minute guided walk through of hundreds of years of African presence in the City of London. Discover secret alleyways and enormous buildings all connected to Africa and the Caribbean in ways that the owners do not want you to know. Find out about black loyalists and African revolutionaries. Uncover the submerged links between racism, trade, religion, slavery and politics that are still evident in the very streets and buildings of this Roman Empire settlement. Registration required.


The outline of the walk included in the TINAG archive:

"Walk through hundreds of years of the African presence and contribution to London’s way of life. Discover secret alleyways and enormous buildings all connected to Africa and the Caribbean in ways which the owners do not want you to know. Find out about Black loyalists and African revolutionaries. Uncover the submerged links between racism, trade, religion, slavery and politics which are still evident in the very streets and buildings of the oldest part of London." 

This walk features:

Ancient African architecture

African influence on European romance

British wealth, African resources

Secret societies, world economics and the church

African Female Resistance leaders

African-American soldiers

Black freedom fighters in 1700's London

Race,Class,Gender,Economics, Science, literature. 


The This Is Not A Gateway Archive includes: 

An outline of Tony Warner's walk 

A biography of Tony Warner

Festival programme information - date, time, registration names etc 

15 digital videos from the Black History Walks list 

3 transcripts of films selected by Tony Walker


tony warner this is not a gateway archive diversity-matters.org.uk

Interview with Tony Warner in 'The Voice' (2017) 

From the interview:

"There are 2,000 years of black history in London that are undocumented, so through our work we shine a light on the existence of our ancestors, their positive contributions and ultimately their legacies which are rarely told or heard.”
Warner is also a Chair of the African Odysseys group at London’s British Film Institute, which arranges monthly screenings of African-Caribbean films. Afrofuturism, Women, Spirituality and the Media was screened most recently as part of BHW’s Sisters in Science Fiction season"

Read more of the interview