Following my visit to Greenwich Naval College visitors centre yesterday I am pleased to report that the BBC's Black and British : A Forgotten History plaque to commemorate John Blanke the black trumpeter to the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII is in deed on display. However you may miss it as it is just to the left of the main entrance, high up amongst the centre's awards from Trip Adviser, English Tourist Board and others - see images below.
The choice of location was perhaps done in haste as it not at clear as to how or why the BBC's plaque fits in with its surroundings in the Naval College visitors centre. This despite the fact the central image with Henry VIII jousting from the 1511 Westminster Tournament Roll document in which John Blanke appears is a matter of feet away, no connection is made to the Tournament Roll which made John Blanke famous.
|Detail from the Westminster Tournament Roll|
Highlighting Henry VIII and John Blanke
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