Category Storytime

Storytime: Lilian Bader

Lilian Bader 18 February 1918 – 13 March 2015 Lilian Bailey was one of the first black women to join the British armed forces. Originally born in Liverpool, her father was Barbadian who served in the Royal Navy and her…

Storytime: Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole – 23 November 1805 – 14 May 1881 We wanted to showcase pioneers in Black British History. Starting with Mary Seacole who was a British-Jamaican Nurse who broke rules and prejudices to heal the wounded around the world.…

Nigerian Independence

Nigeria declared independence from British rule on 1st October 1960. This was something that wasn’t taught in school, but as we know English History is somewhat skewed. However Nigerian Independence is celebrated as a National Holiday in Nigeria and celebrated…

The Apprenticeship Laws 1832

When is a slave not a slave?.. When they are considered an apprentice! Around the 1830s, Great Britain had finally heard the campaigners and sided with the abolitionists. The government passed the bill to abolish slavery. SUCCESS!  Some Brits understood…

Black Caesar

September 19th is officially ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’. Who comes up with this for real haha! I’m not going to talk like a pirate, however I will tell you about Black Caesar. The notorious pirate who terrorised the seven…

Slavery and The Royal Navy

“You are to use every means in your power to prevent a continuance of the traffic in slaves.” Commodore Sir George Ralph Collier Slavery was one of Britain’s biggest earners, and there were many opposers in the country who did…