This resource is designed to support the discovery of documents relating to black British history within The National Archives’ collections.

Due to the nature of our records, the term ‘black British history’ in this context refers to records relating to British citizens of African and African-Caribbean descent.

Blog

Young, British and black: opposing race discrimination

Sarah Castagnetti | Tuesday 10 Jan 2017

On 15 September 1973 Lorne Horsford was refused entry to the Mecca Palais dance hall…

Blog

Diversity in archives

Vicky Iglikowski | Monday 18 Jan 2016

Are Diverse History months still important or do they confine an already marginalised history to just one month a year?

Blog

Rights, resistance and racism: the story of the Mangrove Nine

Vicky Iglikowski and Rowena Hillel | Wednesday 21 Oct 2015

How resistance to repeated raids on a Notting Hill restaurant marked a key moment in the black British civil rights movement

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Podcast

Black Poppies: Britain’s black community and the Great War

Stephen Bourne | Thursday 22 Jan 2015

Stephen Bourne talks about his latest book, Black Poppies, published by The History Press to coincide with the centenary of...

Podcast

The untold story of the RAF’s black Second World War fliers over Europe

Mark Johnson | Wednesday 11 Jun 2014

The RAF aircrew recruited from the Caribbean and West Africa who overcame the official British Colour Bar to serve over...

Resources

Black Presence: Asian and Black history in Britain, 1500-1850

Black Presence: Asian and Black history in Britain, 1500-1850

A resource created in partnership with the Black and Asian Studies association that outlines the history of over 500 years of people of African descent living in Britain.

Migration Histories

Migration Histories

The 'Moving Here' resource explores the origins, motivations and experiences of communities who have moved to England over the last 200 years.

World Through a Lens

World Through a Lens

Explore large collections of photographs taken by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from the 1860s onwards.