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Letter from Sir David Cannadine

What's new: October 2019

The October update adds 18 new articles featuring 24 lives and 6 portrait likenesses drawn from Black British history. The focus of this release – curated by Dr Miranda Kaufmann and Dr Anders Ingram – is early Black British history (notably the sixteenth century) and represents a very substantial expansion of this area.

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Billy Waters (1778?–1823)

Billy Waters

Former sailor and reputed ‘King of the Beggars’, Billy Waters, was a noted street performer. He became famous after being depicted in Pierce Egan’s Life in London (1821). When this was adapted into a stage play Waters featured as himself. He was also immortalised as a figure in nineteenth century popular culture through numerous engravings and pewter and plaster cast figures.




OCTOBER 17, 2019

Early black British history and the Oxford DNB

Dr Anders Ingram examines the coverage of black British history on the Oxford DNB.

OCTOBER 10, 2019

What's new: October 2019

Discover over twenty lives from Black British history, curated by Dr Miranda Kaufmann and Dr Anders Ingram.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

What's new: September 2019

This month’s update adds 35 new articles with a focus on themes from the Victorian age.