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At St Albans Museums we are committed to diversifying the way history is taught. 

To support local schools in teaching about Black history we are creating a suite of videos and resources that focus on diverse histories in St Albans. 

We will continue to add to this as our research into local Black history develops. Please do let us know what you think about the resources by emailing


Inspiring figures to learn from:

Joseph Johnson was a well known busker in St Albans in the 19th century, who used his creativity to get by in very difficult circumstances. 

Pauline came to the UK as part of the Windrush Generation and is strongly involved in a local community group, Active Lifestyles

Lionel Wallace was born in St Albans and became the first black High Sheriff of Hertfordshire.


If you are interested in joining the St Albans Museums' Black History Research Group we would love to hear from you. No previous research experience is required. Please email:

Joseph Johnson: a creative character

You can find a fun craft activity inspired y Joseph Johnson here.

Pauline Stapleton: Supporting the community

You can find lots of resources to teach about the Windrush Generation here.

High Sheriff Lionel Wallace DL: a life-long leader

You can find out about Britain's first black High Sheriff, Nathaniel Wells, who became High Sheriff of Monmouthshire in 1818, here.

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