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Learie Constantine

The West Indian cricketing legend is filmed in his role as a welfare officer, working to help African and Caribbean factory workers in Merseyside.

Biopic 1945 9 mins Silent


Trinidadian Learie Constantine was a celebrated cricketing all-rounder for the West Indies and the club professional for Lancashire League team, Nelson 1929-1937. This short film made by the Colonial Unit shows the cricketing legend in his role as welfare officer for the Ministry of Labour in Liverpool - acting as advisor to African and Caribbean munitions workers on Merseyside.

Learie Constantine: sportsman, author, lawyer, politician and champion of racial equality, was awarded an MBE in 1945, Knighted in 1962 and was created a life peer in 1969 - Baron Constantine of Maravel and Nelson. This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.