COURSE: Black Seafarers and Revolutionary Politics

Tuesday, 6 September 2016 at 19:00 - Tuesday, 4 October 2016 at 21:00

NEW: Black History Courses
Black Seafarers and Revolutionary Politics

Tuesdays, 6 September – 4 October 2016, 7pm – 9pm

Led by expert historian and curator S. I. Martin, the Black Seafarers and Revolutionary Politics 5-week course will reassess the forgotten traditions and communities of Black mariners. This course will give you an opportunity to critically examine the relationship between service at sea and social mobility, and the connections between seafaring experiences and the African diaspora’s contribution to abolition, radicalism, and political leadership.

Drawing on archive materials, accounts and research you will gain an in-depth understanding of the Black seafarers everyday experiences by examining their autobiographies, which chronicle the development and rise of their political thought, and settlement in Africa, North America, Britain and the Caribbean.

Course lecturer: S. I. Martin

Fees and Eligibility

Courses are suitable for all abilities. Recommended for 15 years and older.
Fees per 5-week course are £50 per person.
Please ensure you are able to commit to the full course to fully benefit, as each week covers different topics and subject areas.

Course Breakdown

Week 1: Introducing the Black Mariner
Week 2: Black Sailors in the Royal Navy
Week 3: Black Seaman and Radicalism
Week 4: The Making of the ‘Black Atlantic’
Week 5: Daily Life and Resistance in Britain’s Port Cities

For enquiries about the Black Cultural Archives’ Black History Courses, email

Founded in 1981, the Black Cultural Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. Learn more about the work we do, visit