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On any university walking or sightseeing tour, you can hear about the history of the colleges, and the famous alumni – Oscar Wilde, Percy Shelly,  Bill Clinton, C.S.Lewis, and Margaret Thatcher – to name a few, but what about its black scholars? 

Black Oxford Untold Stories presents four themed virtual walking tours 


A personalised curated 90 minutes visual and immersive journey through the cobbled streets of the city. The opportunity to visit the colleges and hear about the university's black scholars all from the comfort of your home.  Full details on the virtual walking tour page, press the tab under the online programmes page. 

Costs: £10.00 

How do I get started with my research for my historical novel or play?

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  • Unsure where to start?

  • Overwhelmed with bits of paper and scribbled notes everywhere?

  • Using the lack of research as an excuse not to start your project?

My 60-minute workshop on Sunday, July 5th, 4.00 pm -5.00 pm introduces you to my tips, strategies and methods gleaned from researching and writing for BBC History magazine, two history books, three plays and entries for the Dictionary of African Biography, Dictionary of the Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, and the African American National Biography.


The initial excitement may get your research underway, then real life kicks, soon your research is sitting in a corner of a room gathering dust.  I am also providing a bonus of 5 x 30 mins monthly check-in accountability sessions to ensure your stay motivated and on track with your project.



            The Life  of Antiguan James Arthur Harley 1873 - 1943


              A three-week in-depth illustrative course

               starts Sunday 7th June - Sunday 21st June 2020 

4.00pm - 5.30pm




The photograph below was taken on the Upper Gallery of the Pitt Rivers Museum on the occasion of the first practical examination in Anthropology in 1908. The central figure is Henry Balfour (1863–1939), the Museum’s first curator, pictured with the first three students to study anthropology at Oxford. Both the seated Barbara Freire-Marreco (later Aitken; 1879–1967) and boomerang-holding Francis Knowles (1886–1953) went on to carry out anthropological and archaeological work in association with the Museum. The fourth figure is James Arthur Harley. In an Edwardian era when black people were viewed as inferior and a sub-species, underpinned by the Diploma course syllabus. James Arthur Harley defined these stereotypes when he became the first black man to achieve the Diploma of Anthropology in 1909.


 James Arthur Harley dreamed big, leaving his island home of Antigua in the 1890s to navigate the double complexities of oppressive racism in America and England to achieve an esteemed education, become a history maker and fulfil his childhood vocation of becoming a priest.




























The course covers

Post-Emancipation Antigua

Caribbean migration to America

Black scholars at Ivy league intuitions c. The 1900s

Washington black elite

The Church of England in the Edwardian era

The Great War


Costs £63.00 includes a booking fee



















The early life of James Arthur Harley

part 1 & 2

A West Indian in New York 

The political awakening of James Arthur Harley