How will these resources help you?
As you will see, the difficulty of teaching this topic, even for those with the intention to incorporate Black British history into their curriculum, is the lack of titles devoted exclusively to Afro-Romans. However, emerging evidence has meant that interpretations of the past are now regularly being challenged, with more and more resources coming to market. This is an opportunity for you and your classes to piece together the information available to create your own richer curriculum. Black History is part of British History and we must aim to teach our young people a history of Britain that is rounded and accurate.
A comprehensive history of Black Britain
Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain
by Peter Fryer, published by Pluto Press, (2013), 9780745338309
While discussion of Roman Britain is brief (restricted to the first two pages), the title gives some information about specific Afro-Romans living in Britain at the time of the empire and as a result of its legacy. It provides a useful starting place for an enquiry into Ancient Black British history, but will prove to be an invaluable classroom resource for any teacher looking to provide a more comprehensive and inclusive history curriculum.
Black and British: A Forgotten History
by David Olusoga, published by Pan Macmillan, (2017), 9781447299769
This book can be used to deliver an enquiry on migration, but I have also seen it used to explore a 'similarity and difference' question on Roman Britain entitled: How Roman were the Romans?
The multi-cultural Romans
Empire’s End – A Roman Story
by Leila Rasheed, published by Scholastic UK, (2020), 9781407191393
Our Migration Story
Black and British: A Forgotten History - Beachy Head Lady
published by BBC, (2016)
Text © Joshua Preye Garry, 2020.