Africans in Georgian England: Kingston University Event Premieres Two History Films

Kingston University’s Centre for the Historical Record and The National Archives hosted ‘Africans in Georgian London: Cesar Picton and his World in Film and Records’ during Explore Your Archives week 2014. You can read Steve Woodbridge’s summary of the event, watch Anna Brass and Lilly Mehbod’s films based on TNA records and a recording of Miranda Kaufmann’s talk here.
History@Kingston also has a resources list for Black History – if you have any suggestions of further online resources, exhibitions, documentaries etc. please do get in touch.


There was standing room only at a special public event held by the University to celebrate and discuss the life of Cesar Picton (1755-1836), a former African slave brought to England as a young boy, and also the wider role of Africans in Georgian England. The popular event saw over 90 people in attendance, including students, academics, local historians, and a range of interested visitors from the local community in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Organised by Kingston University’s Centre for the Historical Record, in conjunction with The National Archives (TNA), Kew, the event was held on November 11th at the University’s Penryhn Road campus as part of the national Explore Your Archives campaign to encourage people to visit archives and discover new documents for themselves.  The main theme of the evening was the life and times of Cesar Picton and how the study of new public records has helped researchers piece together…

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