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.
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.
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 will discuss these developments. All are welcome!
Patricia Jackson discusses the Jamaican Family Search website in an interview with LBS.
12th March 2014
Colonial slavery profoundly shaped modern Europe – in France as well as in Britain. A joint lecture by Catherine Hall (LBS) and Myriam Cottias (CNRS, France) will explore the legacies of European colonial slavery. There will also be an associated workshop for doctoral students.