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Dispersing the Problem: Immigrant Children in Huddersfield during the 1960s and 1970s

Seminar on 13th March 2019

Presented by Joe Hopkinson, University of Huddersfield

Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 12:00-13:00
Room 12.3.18, Charles Street Building, Sheffield Hallam University

Joe Hopkinson’s film ‘Dispersing the Problem: Immigrant Children in Huddersfield during the 1960s and 1970s’ was created as part of a Masters by Research, and won the Royal Historical Society’s post-graduate award for Public History in 2018.

The film is about the African Caribbean and South Asian children who were dispersed by bus around Huddersfield’s schools during the 1960s and 1970s. Dispersal, or ‘bussing’ as it was colloquially known, was part of a national government policy that operated in Britain from 1963 until the early 1980s. It was in fact the only national policy directed at Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) children during the early years of what was initially described as multiracial education in Britain. Despite explicitly discriminating against children because of the colour of their skin bussing was, until recently, not well-known or understood by the British public. Join us on Wednesday 13 March at 1200 for a screening of the film, a brief talk on the production process, and Q&A. 

Joe is now in the second year of a PhD at the University of Huddersfield on the education of children from visible minoritized groups in the north of England, 1960-81.

There is no need to book tickets for this event.


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