Norma Jacqueline Gregory (MA, BA, PGCE, PG Cert.)

Historian, exhibition curator, media contributor and consultant, content writer and public speaker

Research specialisms: mining history (Black British perspective), Black British (social) history
For over twenty-seven years, Norma Gregory has researched and produced quality, heritage-related media products, educational resources and exhibitions in relation to African / African Caribbean experiences in the UK, helping to develop, expand and enrich available heritage as well as helping to address misrepresentations of history. Norma Gregory works in active partnership with national and international organisations, seeking to enhance and to expand current heritage provision and access.

From print and broadcast media, publications, exhibitions, displays and memorials, Norma Gregory has also conducted talks and presentations to enhance public knowledge regarding the inclusion and celebration of African history into mainstream settings.

Through her social enterprise, Nottingham News Centre CIC, founded in 2013
(see, she regularly sponsors and supports events
and activities that promote heritage, education, achievement, inclusion and equality for all.

"I believe that it is through education, that I have had the chance to become the woman I am supposed to be, one who is now able to juggle both professional and personal commitments dedicating my life to improving and advancing education through heritage and inclusive knowledge transfer, thus helping to promote inclusion and a deeper understanding for all. Thank you."

Research achievements / Contributions to knowledge

Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage

Curator /tour manager - Digging Deep Exhibition

George Africanus (c1763-1834) Heritage & Education

Print / Broadcast Media work

  • Historic England podcast series, 'Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places - Power, Protest & Progress'. Guest panelist with historians David Olusoga, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, Celia Richardson and Billy Hurley Reading among others, as featured in The Guardian 07/08/2018:
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  • Inside Out BBC East Midlands (broadcast 12.09.16) Brother Beneath the Surface, (feature story) about the experiences of black miners of Nottinghamshire. Produced by Jane Dodge. Available to view at:
  • BBC ‘Expert Voices’ Academy selected candidate (Birmingham, 2014)
  • BBC Radio Nottingham regular guest contributor (Sundays, African-Caribbean Show, Midweek: The Afternoon Show)
  • Mello FM, Montego Bay Jamaica. Radio interview 22nd November 2016.
  • Kemet FM, Nottingham. Guest contributor (Kevin Brown Talk Back Show Sundays 9-11pm, Christine Belle, Weekday Show 10-1pm)
  • Mojatu Magazine, Editor-in-Chief, 12 months
  • Stella Vision Films, Nottingham. Assistant producer and researcher The History of the Nottingham Carnival (2012). Premiered at The New Art Exchange, Nottingham (10/08/12)
  • It's My Story! 'Meet the Media Experts' community media event, host and organiser (Antenna Media Centre, 5/2/15). Media training facilitator 2014-2015
  • Insite Radio, Nottingham Internet radio station, volunteer presenter (2013)
  • BBC, Blue Peter, BBC Television Centre, London. Research and administration work experience, 2000.
  • BBC 10 day training in camera and editing skills (1999)
  • Bullseye TV Production Company, London. Voluntary work, researcher (1999)
  • The British Library, London. Work experience, Library Assistant (1998)
  • Sunday Express Newspaper, London. Voluntary work experience as a researcher, Features section (1995)

Books, academic journal articles & conference papers

Research participant (volunteer)

  • 'Women Entrepreneurs and Legitimation' by Dr Isobel O'Neil (Nottingham University Business School) and Dr Janine Swail (University of Auckland, New Zealand), 2016 - 2019 research participant and learning resource developer.
  • 'The role of the Black Community in the Miners' Strike of 1984/5' by Lucy Cann (UCL, University of London). A selection of quotes from audio recordings with former coal miners included in dissertation (and referenced), 2016.
  • Listing in the Black British History Directory (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London)

Nottingham Carnival Heritage

General Community Heritage work

Portrait: David Severn.
Awards (recipient)
  • Sandford Award for Informal Learning (SAIL) 2019
  • Windrush Awards 2018 (Nottingham), Inspirational Leadership Award
  • Alumni Laureate Award 2017, University of Nottingham
  • Mayor of Nottingham formal commendation, 2017
  • Black Achievers’ Awards 2016 (Nottingham): Category for Arts, Culture & Music (Best Female)
  • BexLive Black Enterprise Awards 2016 (Birmingham): Community Champion
  • Heritage Lottery Funding, HLF (2015-2016 & 2017-2019, 2019-2021)
  • Associate Member, Postcolonial Studies Centre (Nottingham Trent University)
  • Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All, 2007 & 2013
  • Millennium Commission Award, 2000 'Black British Poets' media project.
  • Oral History Society Conference 2018, June 28-29, Queens University Belfast Ireland, Bursary Award recipient. Speaker (29.06.2018).

Award nominations (shortlisted)
  • Gedling Borough Council, Awards International Women’s Day, Woman of Influence - Finalist, 2017
  • Women4Africa 2016: Community Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in Diversity Award 2016: Education Sector
  • BexLive Awards 2015 (Birmingham): Diverse Enterprise
  • BEFFTA Awards 2015 (London): Best Author

  • Black Achievers Award, 2019 (Nottingham)
  • BexLive Enterprise Awards, 2017 (Wolverhampton) and presenter of the 'Diverse Company/organisation' award.

Board Member / Directorships
  • National Coal Mining Museum for England: Trustee Non-Executive Director, (from November 2018)
  • UNESCO, Nottingham City of Literature: (Collaborative Board member, from July 2018)
  • The Parents of Teens & Pre Teens Village Community CIC (Director, from 2017)
  • JuxtaClip Video LTD (Director from 2014)