How has the writing of Black British histories functioned as both a form of historical analysis and a voice of radical oppositional politics? Caroline Bressey, Meleisa Ono-George, and Sadiah Qureshi – three of the editors of History Workshop Journal‘s new Virtual Special Issue on Black British Histories – discuss that question with Marybeth Hamilton in this episode of the History Workshop Podcast.

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An extract from the 60ft-long Westminster Tournament Roll (1511). It shows six trumpeters, one of whom is Black and is almost certainly the musician John Blanke. Wikimedia Commons.


Caroline Bressey is a cultural and historical geographer at UCL; her research focuses on the Black presence in Victorian England, anti-racist communities and diverse histories in contemporary sites of heritage.  Her first book Empire, Race and the politics of Anti-Caste (2013) explored the anti-racist reading and activist community led by Catherine Impey and Celestine Edwards from 1888-1895.


Meleisa Ono-George is a social-cultural historian of race and gender, with a focus on Black women’s histories in Britain and the Anglo-Caribbean. She is interested in the everyday ways people oppressed within society negotiate and navigate structures of power and inequality, as well as the methods historians use in the research, production, and dissemination of historical narratives.


Sadiah Qureshi is a historian of racism, science and empire. Her first book Peoples on Parade (2011) explored the legacies of displayed peoples. She is currently writing a book on extinction for Allen Lane and teaches extensively on Black and South Asian British histories.



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