Uncovering Black histories

Black histories are largely underrepresented in popular culture and school and university curriculums. Across the Faculty of Humanities, our researchers are challenging existing narratives and celebrating Black lives from the past.

With thousands of Black stories still hidden in archives and the increased focus on how Britain and other former empires remember their colonial history, we wanted to share some of the work we've been doing to help celebrate Black lives.

Current research projects

Jessica White, PhD History

Jessica's research examines the everyday life of Britain's inner cities from the 1970s to the early 1990s.


Jake Gandy, PhD History

Jake's research looks at Black and other Minority ethnic communities in the north-west of England in the post-war period.


Understanding the barriers faced by Black professional women in career progression

Located at the intersection of multiple social structures, Black professional women often find themselves in a shifting game of assimilation, conformity and negotiation of stereotypes in the workplace. 

In this short film, real-life stories and experiences are shared to explore this issue and point to potential solutions, with insights from research co-leads: 

Read the full report to find out more.

From Bristol to Manchester: history and memory in our cities

Stream our event, chaired by David Olusoga OBE, Professor of Public History, that explored debates around statues and memorials in our public spaces.

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