BAME seafarers in the First World War event

In January, Gateways to the First World War sponsored a successful workshop at the University of Portsmouth that highlighted research from academia, public history organisations and community historians about the service of black and minority ethnic (BAME) seafarers in World War 1.

The event prompted much discussion, and there is still a lot of work to be done to explore and highlight the issues of racial identity and the idea of ‘war work’ in our remembrance of those who contributed to, were affected by, and lost their lives, during the war.

BAME seafarers in the First World War event

Following on from this, Gateways and The National Archives are running an event on Thursday 24 January 2019 to help to develop further dialogue between existing projects, and to inspire and equip community historians to create their own projects on this subject.

The National Archives has a varied and fascinating set of records that helps draw out not only the contribution of BAME seafarers during WW1, but the challenges that many faced in the wake of the war ending and the disturbances that followed.

The collection includes Home Office and Colonial Office correspondence, as well as documents from other government departments that give important insights into issues that impacted seafaring communities in some of our most important port cities during this period.

Find out more

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the service of BAME seafarers in WW1, and in helping to bring more of these stories to light, find out more about the programme and how to register here.