Rosie Wild

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After completing her PhD thesis ‘Black was the colour of our fight.’ Black Power in Britain 1955-1976, Rosie Wild worked for the Institute of Race Relations in London, where she helped create the Black History Collection archive of documents from British anti-racist campaigns from the 1950s to the 1980s. Since moving to Bristol, she has worked as a community historian, helping marginalised communities research, document and celebrate their hidden histories. She worked with young New Travellers across the South West to create the pamphlet, New Travellers, Old Story for The Children’s Society and is currently a Community History Worker for Self Injury Support, working on a digital archive of oral histories around the creation of the Bristol Crisis Service for Women in the late 1980s. In 2019 she spent several enjoyable months digging through Special Branch and Home Office files from the National Archive to look for evidence of police infiltration of the Black Power movement as a volunteer for the Undercover Research Group. You can read her findings, in collaboration with Eveline Lubbers, on the Special Branch Files Project website.

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