Engage school students with Black British History

Applications for the UK Black History Zone are now closed.

From 4 to 15 October 2021, I’m History, Get me out of here will connect school students with community historians, academics and activists to shine the spotlight on influential Black Britons through the UK Black History Zone.

We are looking for people to champion Black British historical figures including:

The Ivory Bangle Lady, Septimius Severus, St Hadrian of Canterbury, The Ipswich Man, John Blanke, Mary Fillis, Henrie Anthonie Jetto, Mary Prince, William Davidson, William Cuffay, John Edmonstone, Dido Elizabeth Belle, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Mary Seacole, Andrew Watson, Fanny Eaton, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Claudia Jones, Sergeant William Robinson Clarke, and Abdulramin Abby Farah.

We’re interested in hearing from people who:

  • Work or volunteer in a history-related role or undertake historical research
  • Are able to accurately tell the story of one of the historical figures, and answer questions about them

I’m History is a student-led online outreach activity.

By taking part, you can:

  • Help school students learn about Black British history, from Roman Britain to the present day, through narratives that aren’t centered on slavery
  • Give students a well-informed and fuller understanding of UK History, from a decolonised perspective
  • Empower more teachers to continue teaching Black British History in their classrooms
  • Gain more experience of public engagement in an easy and enjoyable way

You do this by:

  • Sharing information about a historical figure, and telling the students about yourself, through profiles on our website
  • Chatting with students in moderated, instant messaging-style Chats
  • Answering students’ follow-up questions

I’m History, Get me out of here is flexible and works around your schedule – you choose to take part at times that suit you.

It’s all online and text-only (no audio or video). All you need is a web browser.

You are welcome to share the championing responsibilities with colleagues.

What people who have taken part in previous Zones say:

“One thing that shone through in all the sessions is the curiosity of all involved, the desire to find out answers to questions, no matter how big or small.”
“The real driving force behind everything though is the students themselves. I’ve had some really good [live Chats], with people coming back and asking a lot of really good and really silly questions, people staying behind after lessons to stay in the chat”

Find out more:

Questions? Email support@imhistory.uk

Connect more of the history community to school students
Have colleagues or friends who would like to take part with you?
📧 Email this application page
Or share: bhm21.imhistory.uk/historians