Black Theatre and the Archive: Making Women Visible, 1900-1950

March 28th, 2022
10:00am — 1:30pm UTC
The British Library
A woman and a man sit behind a desk with an old-fashioned microphone that says ‘BBC’. The woman is on the left, holding a script, looking at the microphone. The man is also holding a script and looking away.
Pauline Henriques and Sam Sevlon recording Caribbean Voices in 1952. BBC UK Government, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.


Black Theatre and the Archive: Making Women Visible, 1900-1950

  • What does a timeline of Black British theatre history look like? Where does it start and who gets to decide? 
  • How many Black British theatre makers working before 1950 can you name and how many of them are women? 
  • What traditions have shaped Black British theatre and where can we find collections of Black theatre manuscripts? 
  • How does our access to these histories shape what plays are studied, performed and written today?

This Wiki workshop aims to expand and amplify knowledge produced by and about Black women, and about gender, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. It is run by the British Library with support from the Eccles Centre for American Studies and the University of Leeds.

At this Wiki editing workshop, you will receive training on creating and editing wiki pages in order to communicate the central role played by Black women in British theatre making between 1900 and 1950, women such as Pauline Henriques and Una Marson. You will also be invited to explore resources that can enable better citation justice for women of colour knowledge producers and greater access to archive collections documenting Black British histories. With expert support from Wikimedians and researchers alike, this is an unmissable opportunity to improve Wikipedia for the better.

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