To mark Black History Month, Ayrshire Archives began research in October 2003, into the history of Afro-Caribbean people who were in some way linked with Ayrshire during the 18th and 19th centuries.
By focusing on the evidence from the archives we hope to encourage others to come forward with their research on the subject and to inspire future investigations into our multi-cultural past and present.
The following exhibition is based on initial research into a number of sources that document the presence of black people in Ayrshire including records held by Ayrshire Archives. The records illustrate the links between Ayrshire and colonial trading - a major activity that impacted on the lives of black people throughout the world.
Ayrshire Archives would like to thank all who helped with the exhibition especially researchers Rob Close and David Govier.