Our collections span 1,000 years of difference, debate and progress

Created from the perspective of state and empire, we hold important records that bear witness to past injustice, and the long and continued fight for racial equality.

We are proud to play our part in finding greater ways to make these significant records more accessible. The resources highlighted below represent just a few suggestions to help you get started in discovering information about black British history in our 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.

Help with your research

Our research guide on black British social and political history in the 20th century is a useful place to start.

You can find further guidance in other research guides, such as social and cultural, political and economic, foreign and colonial, and family history.

Windrush 75

Discover the history of Windrush 75 years on, told through the government records that capture this important moment in British and global history.