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For hundreds of years Black and Asian people have come to live in London. The majority arrived as slaves and servants, brought to London from the West Indies, Africa and India. Others came as free people, working in different trades. The lives of these individuals are recorded in different documents. At London Metropolitan Archives a project called Black and Asian Londoners examined over a thousand Parish Registers looking for the names of Black and Asian people who had been baptised in to the Church of England. Nearly two thousand names were found because the person recording the baptism had written down the ethnic origin of the person being baptised. Sometimes they wrote down more of that person's story. All the stories and plays in this section are inspired by or based on those records - real people with their own histories and experiences.

Above is Elma's study. Click on different parts and start to explore the lives of Black and Asian Londoners further.

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