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Sean Creighton


Affiliation: Independent Historian

Location: London


Research Description: British Black History across the board. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. John Archer. London Boroughs Croydon, Lambeth, Merton, Wandsworth. North East. Slavery and Abolition. Slavery-ownership and compensation. Anti-racism. Paul Robeson in UK. Canada.

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Countries and Regions of Interest: Britain, London, North East England, Canada, United States, West Africa, Caribbean.


‘Paul Robeson’s UK Journey’ in Cross the Water Blues. African American Music in Europe, edited by Neil Wynn (University of Mississippi Press. 2007).

‘Black People in the North East’, North East History Vol 39 (2008).

‘John Archer and the Politics of Labour in Battersea 1906-1932’, Immigrants & Minorities Vol. 28. Issues 2/3 (July/November 2010).

‘”Slavery is Sustained by the Purchase of its Productions”: The Slave; His Wrongs and Their Remedy Newspaper, 1851-1856’, in Ulrich Pallua, Adrian Knapp, Andreas Exenberger, (Re)figuring Human Enslavement: Images of Power, Violence and Resistance (University of Innsbruck Press, 2009).

‘John Archer. A Life in Politics’, in Jak Beula, John Archer. London’s First Black Mayor. Examining a 20th Century Icon as a 21st Century Role-Model (Nubian Jak Media Publishing, 2011).

Politics & Culture: Paul Robeson in the UK (History & Social Action Publications, 2013).

John Archer: Battersea Black and Labour Activist 1863-1932 (History & Social Action Publications, 2014).


Blog: History & Social Action

Dr Paul Ward


Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire


Research Description: My research examines the diversity of national identities in the United Kingdom since the nineteenth century and I adopt an approach that uses the co-production of historical knowledge to better understand experiences, emotions and interpretations of different communities in British historiography.

I am involved in Imagine: Connecting Communities Through Research, an ESRC-AHRC funded project under the Connected Communities Civic Engagement call led by Dr Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield). I am exploring co-production of research by community groups and academics and examining how community groups use history to develop their identities, as well as providing a historical overview for the project as a whole. Click here to visit the project website.

Research Keywords: Britishness; British national identity; anti-racism; oral history; shared authority.

Countries and Regions of Interest: United Kingdom, British Empire.


(With Daniel Travers) ‘Narrating Britain’s War: A Four Nations and More Approach to the People’s War’, in Manuel Bragança and Peter Tame (eds), The Long Aftermath: Historical and Cultural Legacies of Europe at War, 1936-1945 (Berghahn, forthcoming, 2015).

‘The co-production of historical knowledge: implications for the history of identities,’ with Elizabeth Pente, Milton Brown and Hardeep Sahota, Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies, 1, 1 (2015), pp. pp. 32-53.

With G. Hellawell & S. Lloyd, ‘Witness Seminar: Anti-Fascism in 1970s Huddersfield’, Contemporary British History, 20 (2006), pp.  119–133.

‘We have come a long way: The Labour Party and ethnicity in West Yorkshire,’ in B. Evans et al (eds.), Sons and Daughters of Labour (University of Huddersfield Press, 2007).

Britishness since 1870 (Routledge, 2004).


Profile at the University of Huddersfield

Twitter: @profpaulward

Advolly Richmond



Affiliation: Independent Researcher; Trustee of The Shropshire Parks and Gardens Trust and the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust.

Location: Shrewsbury, West Midlands


Research Description: Documenting the history of plants, people and places connected to historic gardens and landscapes. I am currently researching Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscapes in Shropshire and North Wales, Harare Botanical Gardens, Rev. Thomas Birch Freeman, 19th century African Botanical Stations. BAME gardeners and plant collectors.

Research Keywords: Garden history, historic landscape/gardens, African botanic stations, BAME gardeners and plant collectors.

Publications: Various articles in journals.


Twitter: @advollyr

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