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Margaret Busby OBE

Margaret Busby is the UK’s first Black female publisher. Born in Accra, Ghana in 1944, her father was called Dr George Busby and her mother Mrs Sarah Busby. Margaret was educated in Bexhill, Sussex and graduated at age 15, then…

C.L.R James

C.L.R James – 4th January 1901 – 31st May 1989 This is a short storytime about C.L.R James, a celebrated author, historian, journalist, and activist. Cyril Lionel Robert James was born in Trinidad. After graduating from school he became a…

Una Marson

Una Marson was before her time. Before she moved to Britain, she already achieved more in a creative career than most of us will achieve in a lifetime. Born in Jamaica, her father was a Deacon and she grew up…

Joseph Bologne

 Storytime Joseph Bologne Composer 25th December 1745 – 10th June 1799 Joseph Bologne was born in the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, his mother Nanon was an enslaved woman of Senegalese origin and his father was a French plantation owner with…

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…

Empire – Niall Ferguson

The sun never sets on the British Empire.John Wilson, Christopher North” Upon landing in America, Sir Francis Wyatt said “Our first work is expulsion of the savages to gain free range of the country”. The British coexisted with the Natives…