We are working on a new educational project to develop online resources for Brighton & Hove primary and secondary schools focusing on the story of the Three Kings of Botswana and their visit to Brighton and Sussex in 1895 as part of their visit to the UK.

The project will create online downloadable school resources for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 and a short film aimed at secondary school children.

A largely untold story from Brighton’s diverse past, the Three Kings of Bechuanaland (now called Botswana) came to the UK to urge the British Government to prevent the British South Africa Company from gaining ownership of their country. Cecil Rhodes, prime minister of the Cape Colony and one of the richest men in the world at the time, owned this company and was well known for his brutal treatment of Black people in the area. He also wanted to build a railway across Africa from the Cape to Cairo, through Bechuanaland, taking all the land 20 miles either side of the railway line to give to White farmers.The kings took control of the situation and commissioned a local man, Charles Willoughby, to organise a tour of Britain for them.

The aim of the project is to combat racism in schools by providing much needed, high quality resources for teaching Black History and histories of the Empire with a thrilling local angle for schools in Brighton and Hove and Sussex.

Our project team includes lead historian Suchi Chatterjee, historian Bert Williams MBE, education specialist Gabrielle Rowles and project manager Amy Zamarripa Solis.

This project is delivered by Brighton & Hove Black History, commissioned by University of Sussex and funded by Economic and Social Research Council.

It builds on a previous project AHRC-funded research project ‘Making African Connections from Sussex and Kent Museums’ with Sussex University and Brighton Museum.

If you would like more information or to be connected with the project, please contact project manager Amy Zamarripa Solis on amy@thistooisreal.co.uk.