The Culture Yard Project captures resources used in Devon & South West of England schools which are mediated and evaluated as representative of the culture, history and repertoires of ‘Black British’ diaspora and indigenous communities.

‘Black British’ is a complex socially constructed identity, which describes indigenous and diaspora communities who are racialized or identify culturally or trace ancestry to the African continent. It is also synonymous with those who feel that their common experience of racism outweighs cultural differences.

This website was developed in November 2019 to accompany research by Malcolm Richards (Graduate School of Education),  which explores how education professionals in rural schools mediate and evaluate resources representative ’Black British’ diaspora and indigenous communities. The research seeks to develop a framework for resource evaluation and archiving, which advanced notions of a culturally sustaining pedagogy (Paris, 2012) for teaching and learning in rural and ‘largely mono-ethnic’ schools.

I welcome any submissions for digital, or signposting to physical resources from the following locations:

  • Avon & Somerset (including Bristol),
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Cornwall,
  • Devon (including Torbay and City of Plymouth).

If you require further information about the website or accompanying research, please contact Malcolm Richards via or use the Submit button.


About Malcolm Richards

Twitter. @malcolmrichards

Web. eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/malcolmrichards

Opportunities for collaboration research interest:

I welcome co-collaboration with students, academics or community groups or educators towards developing a culturally sustaining theory and pedagogy for ‘consciousness’ in education.

My wider areas of research interest are:

  • Race, anti-racism and social justice in education.
  • Dialogic education and critical pedagogy;
  • Culturally sustaining pedagogies and funds of knowledge for education;
  • Inter-cultural and global dialogue in education;

Academic and education networks

  • Member – Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)
  • Race and Equality in Education Network (REEN) – University of Exeter
  • South West of England Executive for ‘Black’ Workers (2019/20) – Trades Union Congress (TUC)
  • South West of England Organising Forum Representative – National Education Union (NEU)


  • University of Exeter Education Incubator Fellow (2020/21)
  • Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Teacher Fellow (2018)
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellow (2014)

Contributions and publications include: