Black women sailors in history

Belinda Bennett photo in Black Salt exhibition
11 Mar 2018
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Free drop-in event, no need to book

Disguised in trousers 'William Brown', a young woman from Grenada, was in 1815 the navy's first and only known Black female sailor. Using many images, Dr Jo Stanley tells the story of 'William' and her successors. They include Belinda Bennett, who in 2016 became the UK's first Black woman cruiseship 'master'. Belinda features in our Black Salt exhibition.

Speaker Dr Jo Stanley is the author of 'From Cabin 'Boys' to Captains: 250 years of women at sea'. She is giving this special talk as part of our events for International Women's Day.

This event is part of our International Women's Day and Votes 100: remarkable women event series.