Did you know that there were Africans in Britain before the English came here”? (Peter Fryer, 1984) The Roman army brought African soldiers into the country and some of their remains have been found in York and at Hadrian’s wall.

And how much do you know about this man?

Trumpeters in the Westminster Tournament Roll showing John Blanke - opens new window

According to the court records, John Blanke was a trumpeter who worked for both Henry VII and Henry VIII (click on the image to find out more about him). Have you have heard of Olaudah Equiano, Ottobah Cugoano, William Cuffay, Mary Seacole and Samuel Coleridge Taylor? If you haven’t then this webquest will help you to find out more about the contribution that Black Britons have made over the last 2000 years.