The Bartlett School of Architecture


Slave Owners of Bloomsbury

30 November 2011

Slave Owners of Bloomsbury

Several members of the Bartlett School of Architecture - including Nick Beech, Ben Campkin, Chee Kit Lai and Yat Ming Loo - have provided information for a small exhibition 'The Slave-Owners of Bloomsbury' currently on show in the South Cloisters of the UCL main building.

This free exhibition has been organised by the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project to mark Black History Month 2011.

Slave-ownership was central to the formation of modern Britain. Even at the moment of abolition in 1833, owners, rather than the enslaved, were compensated to the tune of £20 million. Through words and images, 'The Slave-Owners of Bloomsbury' traces the contentious lives and legacies those slave-owners who lived close to the newly-founded UCL, and identifies many of the houses they owned close to the Bartlett and to UCL.

A free walkers' guide to 'George Hibbert's London' is also available at the exhibition.