Local Archives, National Histories

The Hackney Archives are perhaps best-known as a rich source for family
history research. But they are also home to a diverse collection offering
fascinating insights into the histories of Black Britons, both locally and
nationally. This workshop will give you the chance to explore documents,
letters, photographs and other written and visual sources, uncovering
little-known stories of community, political activism and struggle,
literature, religion and more and is led by Dr Eleni Liarou from Birkbeck College’s Department of History of Art & Screen Media. Dr Liarou is a film and television historian with a special interest in the responses of British cinema and television to post war immigration, placing media representations within the wider context of British social and political history. She has written review articles for Twentieth Century British History and Screen and has also contributed entries on immigration and asylum for the British Film Institute’s major project Inview. Her research interests include postcolonial film and television, history of British cinema and television, London on film, the moving image as a source for cultural history, public history and the media.


Hackney Archives
London Borough Of Hackney
Old Rose Lipman Library
43 De Beauvoir Road
N1 5SQ


Please reserve your place by emailing Katy Pettit at the Raphel Samuel History Centre.