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OUR HISTORY

2015

AUGUST

The Young Historians Project (YHP) was founded by Professor Hakim Adi and the late Cheryl Phillips.

2017

MAY

YHP was awarded a £19,600 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to facilitate a research project on the history of the Black Liberation Front (BLF). 

october

YHP completed its first documentary film, titled 'We Are Our Own Liberators': The Black Liberation Front from 1971–1993'. 

DECEMBER

YHP launched its first completed research project on the BLF with a film screening and exhibition opening hosted at Goldsmiths, University of London.

2018

november

YHP was awarded a £46,600 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to facilitate a research project on the history of African women in the British health service during the 20th century. 

2019

JULY

The YHP schools outreach programme began with our first history workshop at Roundhay School in Leeds, UK.

2021

JULY

YHP published an eBook 

containing photographs and profiles on African women healthcare workers in Britain throughout the 20th century.

AUGUST

YHP showcased the completed 'A Hidden History: African Women and the British Health Service, 1930 – 2000' project with an online exhibition launch.

NOVEMBEr

YHP unveiled a mural at Royal United Hospital in Bath depicting Princess Tsehai Selassie, Bijou Bidwell, Hannah Mahoney, and Olugbemisola Kolade. Artists Michele Curtis and Nadia Lloyd painted the mural alongside YHP members.

2022

OCTOBER

In partnership with Lawrence Wishart, YHP produced a series of educational booklets for school–aged audiences on black women's activism throughout British history. 

JUNE

YHP unveiled a mural at Charing Cross Hospital in London depicting seven pioneering women in healthcare: Hala Abusin, Amakhoe Minney, Princess Ademola, Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Susan Ofori Atta, Olaore Green, and Lulu Coote. 

2023

JULY

The 'Save the MRes' campaign began in protest against the cancellation of the 'History of Africa and the African Diaspora' masters research course by the University of Chichester, and its 

subsequent termination of Professor Hakim Adi. As the first Black history professor in the UK, the dismissal of Hakim sparked widespread outrage. A petition urging Chichester to reverse its decision reached more than 

14,000 signatures. YHP members who study/studied under Hakim at Chichester are directly affected. A Gofundme page is currently crowdfunding for legal proceedings and student support.

JULY

The book 'Many Struggles: New Histories of African and Caribbean People in Britain' is published by Pluto Press. Six of its chapters are authored by current and former members of YHP.

SEPTEMBER

A two–day conference themed 'The Issue of Truth: Representing Black British History' took place at the Institute of Historical Research, organised by two former YHP members. Others in YHP were involved as panellists and chairs. 

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