We are all aware of Britain’s involvement in the slave trade and of West Indian immigrants arriving in Britain to serve in the armed forces during the early 20th century. However, did you know that the relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa stretches all the way back to the Roman empire?

In his landmark BBC television series, David Olusoga documented this enduring and yet often overlooked relationship. From the African Romans who guarded Hadrian’s Wall in the 3rd century AD, to the black trumpeter of the Tudor courts, he uncovered a history that is as surprising as it is revealing.

In this enlightening event, David will share original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, as well as personal discoveries made through his own genetic and genealogical research, to give voice to the forgotten history of black people in Britain.

About The Speaker

David Olusoga

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and BAFTA award-winning presenter and filmmaker. His previous books include The Kaiser’s Holocaust and The World’s War. He was also a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Black British History.

About The Author

Iain Bloomfield

Iain Bloomfield is the outgoing Artistic Director and Head of Arts at the University of Bradford.  He has a thirty (plus) year career making and developing new performance work in theatres and community spaces. He will continue to do a lot more of that when he leaves.