UPDATE! Click HERE to read the Clive Sullivan story
The Africans project team would like to remind everyone involved in education that we have an amazing Schools page on our website! See the link above. Please feel free to browse the content and use some of our fantastic resources to get children and young adults involved in uncovering the region's Black History.
As a starter, Martin Spafford has contributed a wealth of information on Africans in Britain from the Roman era to the Twentieth Century. Although this work is aimed at GCSE students it has the potential to be adapted for children and young people of any age. Also Hull City Council’s School Library Services are able to support schools with resources please click here for a link to their website. In addition, we would be happy to supply a workshop for teachers to help them engage with Black history in this region.
If you are a teacher, mentor or student there are plenty of ways to engage with our project so please do get involved. Press the contact us button below if you request any further information.
Everything we have is free to use but please remember to fully acknowledge our website, you can find out how by clicking HERE.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Cheryl Bowers and Richard Weeks who have been kind enough to share their family histories with us. As a result, coming soon on the project website we have fascinating multigenerational stories including exciting oral histories for the Contemporary Voices section of the project. The first of these new additions will be an oral history by Jason Bowers which can be heard next week.
Happy New Year from the African Stories in Hull & East Yorkshire Project!
2017 is set to be a busy and fruitful year for the Africans project as we enter Hull's year of celebrations as the UK's City of Culture. Keep an eye out for all the new research updates and event notifications on our blog and check out our website pages to find out how you can get involved in this exciting project!
Today's update features research into Hull's maritime community. In particular we have been searching for sailors with African heritage who lived in the region. While surviving crew lists have given us an insight into the global endeavours of Black sailors leaving and returning to the port, seaman’s identity cards have supplied fantastic photographs of the sailors alongside physical descriptions. Other documents have demonstrated that many of these men were a pivotal part of the Merchant Marine during the First or Second World War, with some sadly living through both. Together these sources have enabled us to build a picture of the lives of the Black men who contributed to the economic and social fabric of this fantastic port city.
Dr Lauren Darwin