Free film show at Bath Record Office

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Archive Service is giving people an opportunity to see a short film about the history of the lives of black people in Georgian and Victorian Bath.

The research for the film was carried out by local young people, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the project, Our Heritage, Your Story: Explore the Past with Bath Record Office.

The film-showing is an ‘Explore Your Archive’ event, and showcases some amazing stories based on original archive documents. It will take place at Bath Record Office in the Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, on Friday 25th November.

Bath Record Office

Bath Record Office at the Guildhall.

The film will be played at intervals between 11am and 2pm. The Project Archivists will be on hand to chat about the making of the film, which was created by Firstborn Creatives of Bristol to visualise the findings of the young people. 

Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “Bath Record Office was delighted to collaborate with the Black Families Education Support Group and Firstborn Creatives on this fascinating project. It was a great opportunity for everyone involved to learn more about the presence of black people in Bath in the 1700s and 1800s and I am pleased this film presentation will provide an opportunity to share the research with the public.” 

You can find out more about the project and view the film online at: http://www.batharchives.co.uk/news/hidden-presence-bath