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.

Putting the Black in the Union Jack? Black British History in Education

Saturday 8 November 2014, 10.00-19.00, Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AH

Putting the Black in the Union Jack? Black British History in Education, will explore how we can incorporate the stories of African men, women and children and their descendant into the study of British history.

This event is free but you will need to book a place. Please visit our Eventbrite page to view a provisional programme and to book a place. You can also see a poster and the provisional programme here.

Legacies of British Slave-ownership. Colonial Slavery and the Formation of Victorian Britain

Cambridge University Press has just published our project book, Legacies of British Slave-ownership. Click full details below to see more about it.

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.

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