History KS3 / GCSE: Migration

David Olusoga investigates the lives and experiences of migrants to and from Britain throughout history.

Highlights from this series include:

  • The story of a Black migrant called John Blanke, a trumpeter in the court of Henry VIII.
  • The stories of poor children and teenagers migrating to Britain’s newly created colonies in North America.
  • The Irish migration to Liverpool during the Industrial Revolution.
  • Jewish migration to Britain in the late 1800s and its impact on immigration law.

These short films are suitable for teaching history at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Fourth Level and National 4/5 in Scotland.

The story of Black migrants in England in Tudor times
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The story of the Palatines who migrated to Britain in the 1700s
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Black people in Britain during the Atlantic slave trade era
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The story of British indentured workers emigrating to America
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How British migrants made fortunes working for the East India Company
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The Irish migrants who moved to Liverpool during the Industrial Revolution
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Jewish migration to Manchester in the late 1800s
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