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Where are the Black Lives at Bucks Archives? A conversation with Dr Caroline Bressey

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Where are the Black Lives at Bucks Archives? A conversation with Dr Caroline Bressey Buckinghamshire History Festival

Here at Buckinghamshire Archives we have been running a project during 2021: the Black History Research Group, with the aim of hunting through our collections to find Black Lives that date to before 1948.  But we were struggling – this is a hard ask.  So Katherine Gwyn reached out for help, and who better than Dr Caroline Bressey?  Caroline has researched black Victorians in London, and was sure to have some wisdom to share… **22 min**

Caroline Bressey was born and grew up in London.  In 1997 she graduated from the University of Cambridge with BA Honours in Geography. In 1998 she joined the UCL Geography department as postgraduate student and was awarded her PhD Forgotten Geographies: Historical Geographies of Black Women in Victorian and Edwardian London in 2003. Between 2003 and 2007 Caroline continued to research the Black Presence in Victorian Britain and the role of the anti-racist community as an ESRC postdoctoral student and research fellow. In 2007 she became a lecturer in human geography and founded the Equiano Centre to support research into the Black Presence in Britain. In 2009 she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

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