The Slave-owners of Bloomsbury: an exhibition

10th October 2011 - 18th January 2012 - South Cloisters, Main Building, University College London

A free exhibition was organised by the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project to mark Black History Month 2011. It took place in the South Cloisters at UCL between 10th October 2011 and 18th January 2012.

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 exhibition traced the contentious lives and legacies those slave-owners who lived close to the newly-founded UCL.

A free walkers' guide to "George Hibbert's London" by Kate Donington was also available at the exhibition.

The exhibition was supported by the UCL Public Engagement Unit under the Beacons for Public Engagement Programme, funded by HEFCE, the UK Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust. We are indebted to Sussanah Chan for her expert co-ordination of the exhibition, and to Pete Grindrod for its design.

Public Lecture

On 18th October, also to mark Black History Month, Professor Catherine Hall gave a UCL Lunch Hour Lecture on "Voicing Slavery: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Mary Prince".

[Photographs of the exhibition]