Welcome to my website.
I am a researcher in Caribbean and Black British history, with a particular interest in modern Black histories and visual culture, Queer Black British histories, nineteenth century Grenada, Jewish histories in modern Britain, and histories of sexuality. I have worked at The Equiano Centre, Department of Geography, UCL and am an Honorary Fellow of The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton. I undertake freelance historical research, genealogy commissions, and museum and exhibition consultancy work.
I have a particular interest in public history, curating, museums and archives and have curated online and physical exhibitions including the 2014 A Fusion of Worlds: Ancient Egypt, African art and identity in modernist Britain, Petrie Museum (co-curated with Dr. Debbie Challis, Petrie Museum), the 2011 Women’s Library display ‘Archival Tales: Uncovering Inter-war Black Histories’ (a review of the display can be found here), Caribbean Histories Revealed (co-curated as part of the Your Caribbean Heritage team), Obeah Histories (co-curated with Dr. Diana Paton), Black Bloomsbury (co-curated with Dr. Caroline Bressey and UCL Art Museum as part of the Drawing over the Colour Line project) and the 2014-2015 Tate Britain Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39 (co-curated with Caroline Bressey, Emma Chambers and Inga Fraser at Tate Britain).
My forthcoming book Race, Sexuality and Identity in Britain and Jamaica: The Biography of Patrick Nelson, 1916-1963 will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017. My previous publications include Connecting Histories: A Comparative Exploration of African-Caribbean and Jewish History and Memory in Modern Britain (Kegan Paul, 2006) and co-edited with David Cesarani, Jews and Ports Cities, 1590-1990: Commerce, Community and Cosmopolitanism (Vallentine Mitchell, 2006).