Staff


Catherine Hall

Chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British slave-ownership

Catherine Hall is Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History.

Since the 1990s my work has focused on the relation between Britain and its empire: Civilising Subjects (2002) explored the entangled yet forgotten connections between Birmingham and Jamaica in the mid C19. Macaulay and Son (2012) focused on the relationship between Zachary Macaulay, a leading abolitionist, and his son Thomas Babington Macaulay whose History of England erased the Caribbean and slavery. Since 2009 I have acted as the Principal Investigator on 2 phases of the ESRC/AHRC project ‘Legacies of British Slave-ownership’ seeking to put slavery back into British history. In 2014 we published the collaborative volume Legacies of British Slave-ownership. My current research centres on Edward Long and his family, leading slave-owners in Jamaica in the C17th and C18th and powerful figures in the defence of the slave trade and slavery.


Nick Draper

Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

Nick was previously Co-director of the Structure and Significance of British Caribbean Slave-ownership 1763-1833 project (2013-2015) and co-founder of the original Legacies of British Slave-ownership project (2009-2012). Prior to joining UCL as a doctoral candidate and then a Teaching Fellow, Nick worked in the City for 25 years. His foundational analysis of the Slave Compensation records was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009 as The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery. The book was awarded the 2009 Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize and was short-listed for the 2011 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. In 2008-9, Nick acted as historical consultant to the Slavers of Harley Street exhibit at the Museum in Docklands.

His other publications include:

'Slave ownership and the British country house: the records of the Slave Compensation Commission as evidence' in Andrew Hann and Madge Dresser (eds.) Slavery and the British Country House (English Heritage, 2013).

'"Dependent on precarious subsistences": Ireland's slave-owners at the time of Emancipation', Britain and the World, 6 (2) (2013), pp. 220–42.

'Capitalism and slave ownership', Small Axe 37 (March 2012).

'The rise of a new planter class? Some countercurrents from British Guiana and Trinidad 1807-1833', Atlantic Studies, 9 (1) (March 2012), pp. 65-83.

'The City of London and slavery: evidence from the first dock companies 1795-1800', Economic History Review, 61 (2) (May 2008) pp. 432-66, jointly awarded the 2009 T. S. Ashton Prize by the Economic History Society.

'"Possessing slaves": ownership, compensation and metropolitan society in Britain at the time of Emancipation 1834-40', History Workshop Journal, 64 (Autumn 2007), pp. 74-102.

'Slave-owners compensation to Sketches of Character subscribers' in Tim Barringer, Gillian Forrester and Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz (eds.) Art and Emancipation in Jamaica. Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds (Yale University Press, 2007), pp. 542-55.


Keith McClelland

Digital Humanities specialist

Keith's now works part-time in the Centre with particular responsibility for maintaining the database and website. He was previously Co-director of the Structure and Significance of British Caribbean Slave-ownership 1763-1833 project (2013-2015) and co-founder of the original Legacies of British Slave-ownership project (2009-2012). After many years teaching in other universities, Keith joined the UCL History Department in 2006. He has researched and published particularly on the history of gender, work and politics among the 19th century British working class and co-edited, with Catherine Hall, Race, Nation and Empire: making histories 1750 to the present (2010). He also co-wrote, with Catherine Hall and Jane Rendall, Defining the Victorian Nation (2000) and, with Sonya Rose, 'Citizenship and Empire, 1867-1928' in At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World, ed. Catherine Hall and Sonya O. Rose (2006).


Rachel Lang

Centre administrator and researcher

Rachel Lang is the administrator and researcher of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership. Rachel was administrator and researcher on both the first and second projects, the Structure and Significance of British Caribbean Slave-ownership 1763-1833 project (2013-2015) and co-founder of the original Legacies of British Slave-ownership project (2009-2012). She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) in Economic and Social History in 1994. Her previous work includes sub-editing texts for publication and genealogical research.


James Dawkins

PhD student, Structure and significance of British Caribbean Slave-ownership 1763-1833

James is an LBS PhD student. His doctoral research investigates the slave-owning presence of the Dawkins family in Jamaica and Britain between 1763-1833. James graduated in History & Politics from De Montfort University (2006) and in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University (2010). He has undertaken a series of research based internships in between periods of study working at institutions including the British Youth Council, the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, and the Education and Employers Taskforce.


Hannah Young

PhD student, Structure and significance of British Caribbean Slave-ownership 1763-1833

Hannah completed an MA in History at UCL in 2012 and is now an LBS PhD student. She is particularly interested in women slave-owners and relationships of power, gender and property. You can read Hannah's UCL undergraduate dissertation written in 2010 on 'Women, slavery compensation and gender relations in the 1830s'.


Previous Staff

Katie Donington

Katie Donington received a BA in English Literature and History (2005) and an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies (2007) from the University of Leeds. She worked for the Imperial War Museum, London for two years before leaving to pursue her doctoral research. Her PhD, 'The benevolent merchant? George Hibbert and the representation of West Indian mercantile identity', was attached to the first phase of the ESRC funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at UCL. She was awarded her doctorate in 2013 and then became a Research Associate on the second phase of the project. Her research examined the structures and significance of British slave-ownership in Jamaica between 1763 and 1833. She is particularly interested in public histories of British slavery and worked in 2013-2014 on an Arts Council funded Share Academy education project alongside Hackney Museum. She is currently a Research Fellow for the Antislavery Usable Past project attached to the Centre for Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham.


Kristy Warren

Kristy Warren, was one of the post-doctoral Research Associates on the second LBS project. She completed her PhD at the University of Warwick in 2012. Her thesis investigated the extent to which the positions taken by Bermudian politicians and social commentators, concerning the question of independence in the British Overseas Territory, are informed by their lived experiences and understandings of the island’s past. Prior to starting the PhD, she worked at The National Archives in Kew on a Heritage Lottery Funded cataloguing and outreach project entitled Your Caribbean Heritage. She is interested in the ways in which people remember, interpret, and value the past.


Ben Mechen

Ben acted as project administrator on Legacies of British Slave-ownership for a year in 2010. His PhD in the UCL History Department on 'Everyday sex in 1970s Britain' was awarded in 2016.


Eric Graham

Dr Eric Graham worked with the LBS team on Scottish records of estate ownership in the Caribbean. He has worked extensively on Scottish maritime history and Scotland's involvement with the slave trade and slavery and has written on these subjects as well as acting as researcher and adviser to a number of historical projects in these fields. You can find out more by going to his website, Eric J. Graham.


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