Project Details

At the core of the completed project is this online Encyclopaedia of British Slave-ownership containing information about every slave-owner in the British Caribbean, Mauritius or the Cape at the moment of abolition in 1833. Entries include information about the activities, affiliations and legacies of these men and women, with a particular emphasis on the "absentee" owners based in Britain.

The records of the Slave Compensation Commission, set up to manage the distribution of the £20 million compensation, provide a more or less complete census of slave-ownership in the British Empire in the 1830s. The individuals named in these records form the starting point of the Encyclopaedia.

Please note that the records we have concern slave-owners; regrettably, we do not have information on the enslaved themselves.

The registers of the enslaved are held by the National Archives; you can read an account of them on the Moving Here site.

There is also an enormous amount of information about the enslaved in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.

If you have any questions, please contact us. We also welcome further information on slave-owners. For more details on how to submit information, please see the contribute page.

Audio and Video

The following is a podcast by the project team about the project and its aims:

And you can also see a short video of Catherine Hall talking about the project: