Arts & Culture

Beyond our Imaginations: England’s Other Countrymen

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | 24 November 2019
St Albans Museum + Gallery | £10

The Tudor period remains a source of timeless fascination, with endless novels, TV programmes and films depicting the period in myriad ways. And yet our image of the Tudor era remains overwhelmingly white.

Dr Onyeka Nubia seeks to redress the balance: revealing not only how black presence in Tudor England was far greater than has previously been recognised, but that Tudor conceptions of race were far more complex than we have been led to believe.


Dr Onyeka Nubia is a pioneering and internationally recognised historian, writer and presenter who is reinventing our perceptions of the Renaissance, British history, Black Studies and intersectionalism. Onyeka is the leading historian on the status and origins of Africans in pre-colonial England from antiquity to 1603. He has developed entirely new strands of British history which includes Africans in Ancient and Medieval England. Onyeka is also an expert on diversity in Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Edwardian England/Britain.

Onyeka is a Visiting Research Fellow at Edge Hill and Huddersfield universities and the Director of Studies at Narrative Eye. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. He has written over forty articles on Englishness, Britishness and historical method and they have appeared in the most popular UK historical magazines and periodicals including History Today and BBC History Magazine. A consultant and presenter for television programmes including the BBC’s History Cold Case Episode 1, Series 1 the “Ipswich Man” and Channel 4’s “Skeletons of the Mary Rose;” and “Crossrail Discovery: London’s Lost Graveyard.”

Dr Nubia’s latest book ‘England’s Other Countrymen – Black Tudor Society’ is out now

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