Legacies of British Slave-ownership is the umbrella for two projects based at UCL tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain: the ESRC-funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, now complete, and the ESRC and AHRC-funded Structure and significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership 1763-1833, running from 2013-2015.

Colonial slavery shaped modern Britain and we all still live with its legacies. The slave-owners were one very important means by which the fruits of slavery were transmitted to metropolitan Britain. We believe that research and analysis of this group are key to understanding the extent and the limits of slavery's role in shaping British history and leaving lasting legacies that reach into the present. The stories of enslaved men and women, however, are no less important than those of slave-owners, and we hope that the encyclopaedia produced in the first phase of the project, while at present primarily a resource for studying slave-owners, will also provide information of value to those researching enslaved people.

LBS Blog

The LBS project has had a blog running since May 2013: you can access it here. We'll be writing about individual case studies, making comments on sources and the research process and anything else which has attracted our interest. Different members of the research project will take it in turns to post about the work they have been doing.

Rethinking Bloomsbury

26th March 2014

The area of Bloomsbury is known for its connection to literature, culture, art and education. However, aspects of its less well-known history have recently been explored by a number of UCL academics and projects, seeking to re-evaluate Bloomsbury. This public roundtable discussed these developments.

Patricia Jackson and Jamaican Family Search

Patricia Jackson discusses the Jamaican Family Search website in an interview with LBS.

Legacies of European Colonial Slavery

12th March 2014

Colonial slavery profoundly shaped modern Europe – in France as well as in Britain. Two lectures by Catherine Hall (LBS) and Myriam Cottias (CNRS, France) explored the legacies of European colonial slavery. There was also an associated workshop for postgraduate students.

200 years a slave: Croydon's slavery connections

Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG, Monday 30 June, 7.00pm-9.00pm. (The talk is free; no need to book.)

Nick Draper will discuss Croydon's links with slave-ownership in the West Indies within the award context of slave compensation in the 1830s.
An exhibition on Croydon's links with slavery will be on display at Fairfield Halls from Saturday 21st June.
For more information see the Croydon Heritage Festival website.

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