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S.I. Martin

Museums Archives Libraries Schools

Specialising in the fields of Black British history and literature, I work with museums, archives and the education sector to bring diverse histories to wider audiences. I have published five books of historical fiction and non-fiction for adult and teenage readers.


I founded the 500 Years of Black London walks nearly 20 years ago in response to the low profile given to the Black historical presence on the capital's streets. I have consistently encouraged and championed the provision of plaques, street names and street furniture to this end.


I have worked with and for the Black Cultural Archives, National Maritime Museum, the V&A, Tate Britain, London Metropolitan Archives, National Portrait Gallery, Horniman Museum, The National Archives, RAF Museum, Wellcome Trust and many others. I regularly provide workshops and sessions for heritage institutions, schools, borough councils and community groups across the country.


I am a firm believer in the power of archives as an agent of positive change for literacy, social cohesion and audience/visitor development.




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