We continued to celebrate Black History Month this week with a fascinating talk from Dr Miranda Kaufmann, organised by Lower Sixth student Miranda Barclay.
In her fascinating talk to a packed library, Dr Kaufmann told the intriguing tales of three Africans living in Tudor England: Jacques Francis, a pearl diver, employed to salvage the guns of Henry VIII’s doomed flagship the Mary Rose; Mary Fillis, a Smithfield seamstress from Morocco and most intriguingly, Edward Swarthye who whipped John Guy, a white man and future governor of Newfoundland, thus inverting our conventional picture of Britain’s colonial past.
This was the latest in a series of events curated by Miranda Barclay. Find out more about the first event of the week.
Mr Andrews (Senior Tutor, Teacher of History)