Gloucester’s Black History

Gloucester’s Black History

A collection of videos, talks and an interactive map which focus on the Black History of Gloucester.

2023 was the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948. The last of the 2023 King’s Talks was a sell-out event curated by Carole Francis-McGann and the St Ann Society of Gloucester. Carlton Green, author of High Hopes and Great Expectations and Bernard Westcarr, author of Memoirs of A Peasant Boy, were both born in Jamaica and came to live in Gloucester in 1957 and 1960. They joined Gail Johnson, whose book A Long Five Years explores the lives of older Black citizens in Gloucester most of whom came to the City from Jamaica in young adulthood, to talk about their lives and writing. The event took place during Black History Month in October 2023.

We See Gloucester

View the City through the lens of Black Photographers, exploring perception, prejudices, struggles and identity.

Life in Lockdown

Interviews with Black Elders on their experience of Lockdown, thoughts on faith, our planet and feelings around the Black Lives Matter movement.

Gloucester Firsts

Discover moments that changed history, from the first black-owned shop in the city to the first mosque

Interactive Map

Explore the Barton and Tredworth map, an area in Gloucester rich in Black history.

Insightful Talks Online

Top historians and authors discuss Black History and share thoughts on present-day politics.

David Olusoga In Conversation

Black British history is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. It is not a singular history but one that belongs to us all. David Olusoga discusses his groundbreaking book and tv series Black and British: A Forgotten History.

Available to watch online

100 Great Black Britons

Patrick Vernon and Dr Angelina Osborne join Pamela Armstrong to talk about some of the greatest figures on the latest list of 100 Black Britons. From abolitionists and industrial revolution-era social reformers to pioneers of modern nursing, beloved children’s authors and recipients of the Victoria Cross, 100 Great Black Britons is a national poll which celebrates the many ways in which Black Britons have challenged and overcome racial barriers to make notable advances in their field.

Available to watch online

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