Teachers' Notes for Questions on Gloucestershire Black and Asian History Parish Register Entries

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The Gloucestershire Record Office holds references to black people in the county dating back to 1603. These were obtained from parish registers from around the county. This list has been compiled by James Turtle a the Gloucestershire Records Office over a number of years. However it is widely believed that there must be many more yet to be unearthed. There are some useful comments on the parish register entries on page 13 of the African-Caribbean Untold Stories.

There is potential here for a cross-curricular project and for group work as well as single subject individual work. The notes below suggest one format for the use these questions, however you are encouraged to adapt their use to suit your teaching needs. Use the links below to access the parish register entries and related questions.


The tasks are differentiated and cover all areas of the cirriculum. This module should ideally occur within October Y9, Black History Month. We estimate there is three weeks work.

We suggest that the class is divided into groups. Each group can allocate their own division of labour but need to ensure that at least one student in the group tackles questions: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35 and 37.

The teacher should introduce the lesson with questions 4, 5 and 9. Debriefings and plenaries will obviously follow - questions 21, 22, 26 and 36 lend themselves well to this.

All students should attempt questions 15, 20, 21, 29, 30, 31 and 32.

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