Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History

The history of black people in Britain is frequently reduced to the story of recent black settlement. But that is not where this extraordinary cross-continental relationship begins. Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History re-tells the story of black people in the UK and – to do so – travels to the United States, Jamaica, South Africa and Sierra Leone. Forgotten art vaults are unlocked, artefacts re-examined and 20 Black History plaques unveiled to the public. Award-winning historian David Olusoga tells the story of a young enslaved African brought to Britain under the protection of Queen Victoria, and explores the terrible legacy of slavery and the impact of the world wars. A BBC production.

Episodes

Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History The Homecoming

Historian David Olusoga concludes his series by exploring the events which helped shape black British identity in the 20th century. Episode 4 of 4.
  • 2016
  • 00:51:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/26/2020

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Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History Moral Mission

In part three of this groundbreaking series, historian David Olusoga explores the Victorian moral crusade against slavery. He finds out how Queen Victoria came to have a black goddaughter, why the mill workers of Rochdale stood in solidarity with enslaved Africans in the American South, and remembers the victims of a tragedy in Jamaica. Episode 3 of 4.
  • 2016
  • 00:48:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/09/2020

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Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History Freedom

In the second part of his four-part series, historian David Olusoga explores the business of slavery and remembers the black sailors who fought for Britain at Trafalgar. He also celebrates a Georgian boxing superstar and the men and women who crossed continents in pursuit of freedom. Episode 2 of 4.
  • 2016
  • 00:50:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/06/2020

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Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History First Encounters

Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa. From the African Romans who guarded Hadrian's Wall in the 3rd century AD to the black trumpeter of the Tudor courts, David uncovers a history that is as surprising as it is revealing. Episode 1 of 4.
  • 2016
  • 00:50:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/06/2020

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