Edge Hill University is hosting the acclaimed historian Dr Onyeka Nubia for a talk about the real story of Britain, shining a light on the huge contribution of Africans throughout the UK’s history.

Dr Nubia’s public lecture takes place on Wednesday 1st December at 5.30pm and will explore themes of inclusiveness and diversity. He shows that highlighting previously untold stories of marginalised groups not only makes history more accurate but also gives everyone an opportunity to relate to history in new and exciting ways. 

This event is FREE but anyone wanting to attend must register their place.

Dr Nubia said: “We cannot talk with impunity about Thomas Edison as the creator of the light bulb, without mentioning that Lewis Latimer designed the filament that made the light bulb work! In hailing Florence Nightingale, one is forced to hail Mary Seacole. In speaking of Tudor England Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, we must also speak of Henrie Anthonie Jetto and Mary Fillis of Morisco: the ‘Blackamoores’ that were Shakespeare’s other countrymen.

“Everywhere we turn, to tell human history right, we have to include stories from people otherwise ignored by history. To crudely exclude the Africans or indeed anyone else from human history is to be a partner in a crime and the accomplice in a felony.”

Dr Onyeka Nubia is a pioneering historian, writer and presenter who is reinventing commonly accepted perceptions of the Renaissance, British history and Black Studies. He has developed strands of little-told British history such as Africans in Ancient and Medieval England, and he is the author of Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England and England’s Other Countrymen.

These strands of research are especially timely, as many historians seek to reassess history and uncover new stories from Britain’s past.

He added: “History is the accumulated knowledge of people from hundreds of cultures, ethnicities, gender identities and varying levels of wealth. But the sad reality is that all kinds of people have been excluded from history.

“I just hope that my talk helps to break us out of our usual ways of thinking and makes history more relatable for students, and children, showing them that they have a stake in Britain’s history.”

Dr Nubia’s most recent work includes hosting the hit Channel 5 documentary Walking Victorian Britain which explores the hidden history of Victorian Britain.

This event has been organised by Edge Hill’s Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR). The ISR aims to make a positive impact on societal issues through cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange activities. It also regularly holds events, seminars, workshops and lectures so check for updates or join the mailing list.

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