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Talk:The Brown Babies of WW2 at Lynn Museum

Talk, Wed 24 Feb 2021, free entry

Lynn Museum

Lynn Museum

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Lucy Bland, Professor of Social and Cultural History at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge will reveal the little-known history of the estimated 2,000 babies born to black GIs and white British women in the Second World War.

The African-American press named these children 'brown babies'; the British called them 'half-castes' or ‘tan Yanks’. Black GIs, in the American segregated army, were forbidden to marry their white girlfriends. Nearly half of the children were given up to children's homes but few were adopted, thought 'too hard to place'. There has been minimal study of these children and the difficulties they faced, such as racism in Britain, lack of family or a clear identity.

Free admission. Booking is essential at

A joint online event by Lynn Museum and Ancient House Museum.
Part of US Black History Month.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toilets

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 24 Feb 2021 19:00 to 20:00
Lynn Museum is currently closed. All events will be held online until further notice.


Free entry


Market Street,
King's Lynn,
PE30 1NL


See location of Lynn Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TF 620200  Lat: 52.75387 Long: 0.39905

By Road:
From theA47: Follow signs to town centre.

By Public Transport:
From King's Lynn station it is 5 minutes' walk to Lynn Museum.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome