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The Mixed Museum's Short Takes: 60 second histories of racial mixing in Britain

Our Short Takes pop up event aims to share histories of racial mixing in Britain through four 60 second videos.

Vote below by 31 October to decide November's topic! A Mixed Museum Short Takes video will be made of the topic with the most votes and published on this page.


The Mixed Museum's Short Takes event is part of the Our Century centenary programme from the Institute for Historical Research - the UK's national centre for history. The Our Century programe (July 2021 - May 2022) celebrates the discipline and practice of history throughout the UK.

Many thanks to the IHR for supporting this event. To learn more, visit: www.history.ac.uk/whats/our-century or follow the Twitter hashtag #OurCentury

NOVEMBER: Classical musicians

This month's theme is classical musicians from British mixed race families or who were long term residents of Britain.

Side profile portrait of a mixed race man with short wavy hair. He is wering a cravat and jacket and looking into the distance with a faint smile.
Photograph a man with dark wavy hair looking down. He is wearing a black jacket with round buttons and thick black rimmed glasses.
A woman with short 1920s waved hair looking into the distance. She is wearing a white blouse with flower embroidery and white pearl earrings.


Born to a Black Barbadian father and a white German-Polish mother in 1780, George Bridgetower was a musical prodigy who caused a stir in Europe.

Settling in Britain around the age of 11 under the patronage of the Prince of Wales, Bridgetower would go on to recognised as an astonishing musical talent, including by Beethoven who originally dedicated the Kreutzer Sonata to him.

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

The son of a white English mother and a Parsi father, Sorabji was born as Leon Dudley Sorabji in Chingford, Essex in 1892. A self-taught pianist, he was one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth century.

Often feeling an outsider in Britain due being a gay man of mixed racial heritage, he led an increasingly reclusive life in Corfe Castle, Dorset.


Born in 1903, Avril-Coleridge Taylor was the daughter of the famous Black mixed race composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and his wife, Jessie.

Showing great musical talent from a young age like her father, Avril made her debut as a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall in 1933 and wrote numerous orchestral works.  In 1952, she resided in South Africa for two years where her initially ambivalent views about apartheid changed when she herself was refused work due to her racial heritage.

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