Dr Caroline Bressey

Career summary

My research focuses on recovering the historical geographies of the black community in 19th century Britain, especially London. Parallel to this are my interests in ideas of race, racism, early anti-racist theory and identity in Victorian society. A large part of my research uses photography and this interest led to  collaborations with the National Portrait Gallery, London, on the representation of African and Asian people in their collections. In 2007 I founded the UCL Equiano Centre to foster research on the Black presence in Britain.  The Centre’s website includes a gallery of images from the UCL collection with connections to the Black Presence.

Areas of interest / research

Representations of the Black presence in Victorian imagery.