Diversity and Inequality in the Library

Diversity and Inequality in the Library

By Matt Shaw and Michael Townsend There aren’t many awards for libraries, but if there were, a case for a speech similar to that made by Joachim Phoenix at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards could be made. For his best actor speech,...
The Re-Imagining of Christian Frederick Cole

The Re-Imagining of Christian Frederick Cole

By Pamela Roberts A cursory glance at this image may elicit recognition of a 19th century music hall minstrel with striped trousers, a banjo in hand, and the title ‘Old King Cole’. But look more closely: the person in the image is wearing an academic gown and a...

Different approaches to black history

I usually get my ideas for posts about BBIH and its contents from external sources and recently received two such prompts. The Guardian ran an article on the teaching of black history where the questions, Did black immigrants come through Ellis Island? Were there...

Podcasting and "Africa Past and Present"

It’s always nice to discover a new digital resource and an article which gives some context to it. Such is the case with an article on Africa Past and Present in South African Historical Journal [1] entitled Podcasting the Past: Africa Past and Present and...