Mary Evans collection of the week: The The British Caribbean History Collection
The centrepiece of the British Caribbean History Collection is a wonderful set of photographs by Esmel May Woma. Taken in the 1960s, when Esmel arrived in Nottingham from the Caribbean to study to be a nurse, the images show her friends and colleagues enjoying their free time: dancing, dining and sightseeing. Taken with a small Kodak camera which Esmel purchased on her arrival, many of the photos have a feeling of relaxed spontaneity and capture the relationship between the Afro-Caribbean people and their white British hosts in an intimate chronicle of this rapidly-changing time.
The wider collection also features the lives of a British Caribbean family in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, in Britain and overseas on travels in Oman, Hong Kong, Egypt, and Jamaica.