Tiny Traces: African and Asian Children at London’s Foundling Hospital

Hannah Dennett, University of Warwick Hannah.Dennett@warwick.ac.uk This blog reflects on Hannah Dennett’s work to produce the ‘Tiny Traces’ exhibition, which was given a special commendation in the Social History Society’s 2023 Public History Prize. After a long campaign by its founder Thomas Coram, London’s Foundling Hospital opened its doors on 25 March 1741 to receive … Continued

Developing A Space For Academic And Community History Engagement

Kwaku @kwakubbm I’m an independent researcher with a particular interest in global and British African history; and a historical musicologist, with a particular interest in black music. I work with a small pan-London grouping of community organisations known as BTWSC/African Histories Revisited. During the 2020 pandemic, I developed a number of Zoom events, including the … Continued

Learning about Britain’s Black Abolitionists

Saima Miah, University of Wolverhampton graduate The theme of this year’s Black History Month is ‘time for change: action not words’. In this spirit, former SHS committee member Dr George Gosling reached out to some of his former students at the University of Wolverhampton to discuss what it meant to them to learn about Black … Continued

Legacy or Residue? Rethinking Imperial and Colonial History during a Racial Crisis

Weiao Xing, University of Cambridge @WeiaoX While statues are being discussed and changes blocked, black people have to pass them daily, seeing the congratulation of slave trading, their horror and pain.” Kate Williams, Professor of Public Engagement with History, University of Reading   In a long thread on Twitter, Kate Williams elucidated the convoluted (and … Continued

Post-Racial Myths and Public History

Joe Hopkinson, University of Huddersfield @JoeHopkinson89 Multiculturalism emerged in Britain during the late-1960s and early-1970s, with education becoming a key site of conflict. My PhD is about the experiences of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in British schools during this period. The story is complex, but the main conclusion is that many were … Continued

Black Sailors and Legal History from the Bottom Up

Dr Michael A. Schoeppner is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maine, Farmington. His research explores how the lived experience of race intersected with and informed legal culture and constitutional change in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on the writing of his new book, ‘Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which was awarded the 2017 Hines Prize by the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program at the College of Charleston.

Rethinking Learie Constantine

Jeffrey Hill is an emeritus professor of historical and cultural studies at De Montfort University. He has written on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century popular culture, with a special emphasis in recent years on the study of sport and its ideological influences.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he discusses the need to tell the story of cricketing hero Learie Constantine with a new focus on race, Empire and the Commonwealth. ‘Learie Constantine and Race Relations in Britain and the Empire’ was published by Bloomsbury in December 2018.

Beyond Diversification: Decolonising History

Sue Lemos has recently completed a History degree at the University of Warwick, where she also worked with Dr Meleisa Ono-George on issues surrounding BME attainment. She is currently researching The Black Gay and Lesbian Centre in Peckham, 1985-1997.

In her contribution to the Learning & Teaching Exchange she reflects on being one of four speakers on the History and Diversity plenary panel at the 2018 Social History Society conference and the important issues that were discussed.