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Pathé: Jamaican police woman joins force

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip is titled ‘Jamaican police woman joins force’ – newsreel footage of Sislin Fay Allen, Britain’s first Black policewoman, in training. The film has no sound.

With this film, students could consider:

  • What does the film show Officer Allen practicing?
  • What differences can you see about the police force then and now?
  • Why did they make a newsreel about an officer in training?
  • What do you think the reaction was to Officer Allen’s appointment? What did it mean for different communities?
  • Research Officer Allen to discover more about her life. (You can find a profile of her on Black History Month’s website)
  • What impact do you think Officer Allen’s appointment had on the police force of today?
  • The newsreel is missing its sound, use your research to write your own news report to act as the voice over for the footage.

This film could be used for studies of the post war era focussed on race relations and the treatment of citizens from British colonies. It can be used alongside our lesson Bound for Britain, the Caribbean Histories Revealed website and our Sixties Britain themed collection.

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