Margaret Byron

Margaret Byron born St. Kitts and Nevis.

Margaret explains the importance of place and her family background from the Caribbean:

 

Recalls moving to Britain at age 19 and her work/studies in the UK, starting her geography based PHD in Oxford and her research study in Leicester;

 

Explains more about her case study in Leicester, called ‘Migration from the Caribbean in the Post War years’, and talks about the first migrant who came to Leicester and the housing for migrants within the city;

 

Recalls exploring her employment research of migrants, gender and working lives of migrants in Leicester during the 1980s;

 

Recalls changes that affected migration to the UK during the 1950s and 1960s for example, the Race Relations Act;

 

Recalls the changes to access to housing for Caribbean migrants in the city during the 1960s;

 

Recalls events she was involved in with the St. Kitts Association meetings and dances in Leicester;

 

Recalls one of her interviewees taking her to see Raddle Books;

 

Recalls events and Black bookshops in London relating to Black History Month;

 

Explains about her contacts who she is still in touch with and explains how funerals are seen as community occasions;

 

Recalls Caribbean evenings at church events in Highfields, Leicester;

 

Explains about how since her research her interviewees’ families have changed and developed over the years;

 

Explains about how there is a Black community in Britain and how relationships have changed within society;

 

Explains how the Black community traditionally living in Highfields, Leicester has spread out across the city with the housing changes;

 

Margaret’s final comments are taken from a book called the ‘Good Immigrant’ with a chapter by Darren Chetty relating to a Key Stage 2 class focusing on young people’s identity;

 

Explains her thoughts about Black History Month and the challenge to Black history;

 

Explains how through her work at the University of Leicester she can help young people for example, ‘the best human geography dissertation at the University of Leicester, over the last two years was won by young Black people’: