Black History Resources

Kingston, as home to the influential Black gentleman Cesar Picton, has a significant place in British Black history. See links below for further resources relating to Black history in Kingston and beyond.

Find out more about Cesar Picton and how to start tracing Black history at Surrey History Centre. There’s more on Surrey’s Black history on Exploring Surrey’s Past theme pages.

The Old Bailey Online has a resource guide for Black history available here.

The National Archives has a series of research guides relevant to Black history, including African forces under British control, slaves and slave owners, the British transatlantic slave trade and American and West Indian colonies before 1782. The National Archives also created an online exhibition called Black Presence: Asian and Black History in Britain, 1500-1850 with the Black and Asian Studies Association.

London Metropolitan Archives is home to the Black and Asian Londoners Project and also holds the rukus! collection, a Black LGBT archive.

The Institute of Historical Research has a guide on Black and Asian people discovered in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library.

The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton is an exhibition space and Heritage Centre as well as home to a collection of Black history resources.

Brycchan Carey, Professor of English Literature at Kingston University specialises in the cultural history of slavery and abolition in the British Empire. See his website for further information and resources.

Miranda Kaufmann presented a talk on ‘Africans in Georgian London’ at Kingston University as part of Explore Your Archives Week 2014. You can see a recording of her talk here. Miranda’s blog discusses Black British History and includes links to further websites of interest.

Also at the ‘Africans in Georgian London’ event, Anna Brass and Lilly Mehbod presented their films, Cesar Picton Part One and Cesar Picton Part Two. You can view both parts of the film on Vimeo below.

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