Discovering Black British History – presentation and consultation

Saturday 16 October 2021

A timeline presentation of the presence of Black people in Britain, and consultation on further learning for 11-16 year olds

Contrary to popular belief Black people have been in Britain since the Roman times. It’s a history that spans hundreds of years – a history that is woven into the very fabric of British culture as we know it today.

Black history is British history and this full narrative needs to be told so that black and mixed-race young people feel inspired, empowered, and included.

Our timeline presentation aims to highlight some of the key black figures and events throughout British history.

We at Black Education Somerset (BES) wish to address the lack of Black British history and culture being taught by offering a learning experience outside of school. We aim to provide a safe space for young people to learn about their heritage, to increase their confidence, sense of identity, and belonging. Therefore, we wish to gather the views and experiences of Black and mixed-race young people aged between 11-16 years, their parents or carers.

Please note that a young person attending must be accompanied by a parent, carer, or appropriate adult.

Prior to attendence we recommend watching the video link lecture below from the University of Birmingham for information on current race and educational issues.