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Written by Administrator. Posted in Projects

 

Maria Mandula buried in Calne

SEEME is keen not only to record the stories of BME communities in Wiltshire today, but also explore the presence of BME individuals and communities throughout Wiltshire’s history. Our earliest written evidence dates back to 1586, with an entry for Maria Mandula “stranger and Aethiop” in the burial register for Calne; while there are numerous references to black people in Wiltshire during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Some people also migrated from around the world to our county throughout the twentieth century. Much of our research will take place at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, exploring the Wiltshire Archive Service collections, while we also hope that our project will uncover archives from individuals and community archives that are not yet deposited at the History Centre.

Research Resources:

Click here to find a summary table of all our research to date,   posted on the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre website

The table provides information on Black people we have located within the archives at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and associated records.

Research articles:

We will be posting essays undertaken by colleagues, student work placements and volunteers as shown below:

Click on  Samuel Avebury  to read an essay about Samuel Avebury of Avebury, the Black servant  to Sir Adam Williamson, written by MA Heritage student, Jane Mills.

Click here to view a blog about John Hillier, a Black cook at Laverstock, posted on the Wiltshire and Swindon History website www.wshc.eu

 

John Hillier

Other articles:

We are also interested in posting our community members research about other areas of Black History. For example, you can read more about the history of Jamaica reviewed by Rose Young here.

 

 We would like to set up a research group, so if you would like to get involved (no experience required, we will provide training) contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will use this section of the website to provide updates on our research and interesting itmes we have uncovered.   

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SEEME Wiltshire
c/o Wiltshire and Swindon Archives
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
Cocklebury Road
Wiltshire
SN15 3QN

Telephone: 01249 705515
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