Collection of the week: The British Caribbean History Collection

The centrepiece of the British Caribbean History Collection is a wonderful set of photographs by Esmel May Woma. Taken in the 1960s, when Esmel arrived in Nottingham from the Caribbean to study to be a nurse, the images show her friends and colleagues enjoying their free time: dancing, dining and sightseeing. Taken with a small Kodak camera which Esmel purchased on her arrival, many of the photos have a feeling of relaxed spontaneity and capture the relationship between the Afro-Caribbean people and their white British hosts in an intimate chronicle of this rapidly-changing time.

The wider collection also features the lives of a British Caribbean family in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, in Britain and overseas on travels in Oman, Hong Kong, Egypt, and Jamaica.

You can browse the full set of photographs here, and please do get in touch at if you can't find what you're looking for or would like a quote.

Mary Evans Picture Library Ltd.  59 Tranquil Vale  Blackheath  London  SE3 0BS. United Kingdom.
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