21 October 2021

Black History Month: Early Black Bristolians – evidence in the archives

Written records show people of African descent have lived in Bristol since at least the mid-1500s.

Join us for a Black History Month talk about a new resource: the Early Black Presence Index.

The Index brings together all early references to people of African heritage found in documents at Bristol Archives. Find out more about how the index was compiled and the glimpses it gives us into the lives of Black Bristolians from the 16th to 19th centuries. This talk will also uncover what it doesn’t tell us, and how you can use it in your own research.

The index will be published online in early October.

Speaker: Allie Dillon, City Archivist

Image: Extract from a petition from an unnamed Black person to the Mayor of Bristol asking that a Benefit Society for impoverished and sick Black people be established in the city, c. 1816-18. [Bristol Archives TC/Adm/Box 67/20]

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 21 October.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

This talk is part of our fortnightly season of online late lunch talks.