Who are we? 

We are a non-profit organisation formed by young people encouraging the development of young historians of African and Caribbean heritage in Britain. We're a team of young people aged 16-25 working on dynamic projects, documenting pivotal and often overlooked historical moments.  

We hope that through this and future projects more young people of African and Caribbean heritage will rediscover history and develop the skills to become the historians of the future. Each one, Teach one

Why do we exist?

Young Historians Project emerged as one of the outcomes from the History Matters conference held in April 2015 at the Institute of Historical Research, highlighting the alarmingly low numbers of history students and teachers of African and Caribbean heritage in Britain. 

  • Last year only three Black students were admitted to train as History teachers

  • Official statistics indicate that History is the third most unpopular subject among Black undergraduates

  • During 2012/13 there were 1340 Black undergraduates studying History, 1.8% of the total

  • In 2016 it was estimated that there were less than 10 Black PhD students studying History in the country

 

History Matters was formed in 2014 by a group of concerned black historians and teachers to highlight the alarmingly low numbers of history students and teachers of African and Caribbean heritage in Britain. In co-operation with the Black Cultural Archives, the University of Chichester, the Royal Historical Society, the Historical Association and other partners, it held a major conference on this issue at the Institute of Historical Research in London in April 2015.