Nurse and baby, 1902 (Catalogue reference: COPY 1/456)

28 January 2014


Stephen Bourne will share his memories of growing up in Peckham and his adopted Aunt Esther, a black Londoner born before the First World War, the subject of his first book. He will also discuss how, from an educationally disadvantaged background, he came to write many successful black British history books including the award-winning Black in the British Frame - The Black Experience in British Film and Television (Continuum, 2011) and The Motherland Calls - Britain's Black Servicemen and Women 1939-1945 (The History Press, 2012).

Stephen Bourne graduated in Film and Television, and gained a Master of Philosophy degree in 2006. He worked on a ground-breaking research into the history of black people in British television for the TV documentary Black and White in Colour in 1992. He was historical consultant on the Imperial War Museum's 2008 exhibition From War to Windrush. His latest book, Black Poppies-Britain's Black Community and the Great War, will be published by The History Press in August 2014.

This talk forms part of The National Archives' Diversity Week.

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