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Researching and writing history is not always straightforward because of gaps in the records and sometimes we have to work hard to make connections between different bits of evidence. In this sense history can sometimes be seen as a jigsaw puzzle but without the starting piece.

This case study attempts to identify the black school girl in the middle photograph of the second row. Read the commentary and then click on the images below to see bits of evidence that might connect to her and that we used to try and solve the puzzle of our unknown school girl.

 Commentary My Notes
Census Volumes Bournville Village Trust Captain Scott's Death Back to Back Housing Geography Reader Colmore Row Floor Plan of Nelson Street School The girl we tried to identify with her classmates from  Nelson Street School Birth Certificate Empire Day Nelson Street Log book'Turban'd Roadmenders'Daily Gazette Photograph of Workers Everyweek MagazineAlleyway Winning the EmpireNelson Street School1901 Census Page Ordnance Survey
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