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.
In the autumn of 2015 we will be holding a series of workshops around the country. Each will include a presentation from LBS about our latest research, contributions from local historians and break-out groups for more informal discussion. All will be on Saturdays: they will be in Glasgow, 12 September, Nottingham, 19 September, Manchester, 24 October and Exeter, 14 November.
We've been consulting with the BBC on two new TV programmes entitled Britain's Forgotten Slave-owners. The first of two episodes, presented by David Olusoga, was broadcast at 9.00pm on Wednesday 15th July on BBC2, the second a week later. For more information see the BBC website page and BBC programme page.
The book, Legacies of British Slave-ownership, published by Cambridge University Press, reports on the first phase of our project. Click on the Full Details link below to read more about it.
On Tuesday 2rd June we took part in a public workshop at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, jointly organised with UWI’s Department of History & Archaeology. You can read a blog about the workshop here.
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.