• The Power of Collaboration

    Recently, when conversing with a long-time archivist, I learned that up until the late 1990s and early 2000s, archives were seen as a source of knowledge created by historians, for historians. It’s not a coincidence, then, that conversations I’ve had with other researchers has had a recurring theme: the questionable accessibility of historical records. When…

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  • Detectives in an English Stately Home

    Upon being invited to Boughton House by the Buccleuch archivist Crispin Powell, we saw first-hand the reality of the prodigious physical spaces that Ignatius Sancho would have occupied and known. Much of the evidence we had encountered so far was through various digital sources and a recent edition of Vincent Caretta’s letters. Yet, all this…

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  • The Research Process

    Teaming up with just one magnifying glass put us in good stead to locate several missing locations and some unsuspected finds. An early success of the day was locating a digitised document displaying the payment of an apprenticeship

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  • Photo of Mapping Black London team and Paterson Joseph

    Visit from Novelist and Archivist

    We were fortunate to be in conversation with Paterson Joseph and Crispin Powell, one which was spurred on by our shared interest in the Sancho family, and more generally the Black populace of London in the 1700s.

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