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 just started a blog, which you can access 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 2013
Nick Draper and Keith McClelland ran a workshop about the LBS database at the National Archives on 26th March, 2.00-3.00pm and showed its relevance to local, family and other historians. We also discussed some of the wider implications of our research.
27th February 2013
Catherine Hall gave a public lecture entitled 'Towards a new past: the legacies of British Slave-ownership' to celebrate the publication of this Encyclopaedia and the inauguration of our new project, The Structure and Significance of British Caribbean Slave-ownership, 1763-1833, funded by the ESRC and the AHRC. The event was followed by a demonstration of the Encyclopaedia by Nick Draper and Keith McClelland.