08 October 2013

Throughout 2013, The National Archives will host a series of monthly talks to broaden awareness of historical records and their uses for writers.

Each month, a high-profile author will talk about using original records in their writing. Ben Macintyre kick-started the year as part of the Mining the Archives masterclass. Our distinguished speakers include: Tracy Borman, John Guy, Peter Hennessy, Dominic Sandbrook, and Lucy Worsley.

October's Writer of the Month is Dr Kathleen Chater, on 8 October 2013 at 14:00, discussing Researching Untold Histories: Black people in England and Wales during the period of the British slave trade, c.1660-1807.

Tickets are free of charge. Email writerofthemonth@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk to book your place now.

About the author

Dr Kathleen Chater worked for the BBC until 1994. One of her interests was family history so when she left  she became self-employed as a writer of books and articles on aspects of history and also as a trainer in research skills for the media and for family historians. 

In 2000 Kathleen started a PhD and her thesis was published as Untold Histories: Black People in England and Wales during the period of the British slave trade c. 1660-1812 (Manchester University Press, 2009). She is also the author of Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors (Pen & Sword, 2012); Tracing Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (Lorenz Books 2nd edition 2008) and Research for Media Production (Focal Press, 2nd edition, 2000). My Ancestor was a Lunatic is soon to be published by the Society of Genealogists.

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