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Retirement of Professor Catherine Hall


13 June 2016

At our annual Department Dinner last Friday evening colleagues across the department marked the upcoming retirement on 31 July of Professor Catherine Hall, after 18 years at UCL. Professor Hall held the post of Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History since 1998 and has been Principal Investigator of the 'Legacies of British Slave-ownership' and the 'Structure and Significance of British-Caribbean Slave-Ownership, 1763-1833’ research projects. Through these projects she enlightened both scholars and the public about the nature and extent of British slave-ownership, creating a publicly accessible online database, authoring a REF impact case study and collaborating with the BBC on a BAFTA winning documentary.

Although she will be greatly missed by all at UCL History, we are delighted that Professor Hall will continue her association with UCL as an Emerita Professor in the department, as well as being involved in establishing a new research centre which will continue the work of the LBS project team. 

Published: Jun 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM

BAFTA TV Award for Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

The two-part BBC documentary 'Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners', presented by David Olusoga in collaboration with UCL History's Legacies of British Slave-ownership research project, has won a BAFTA TV Award 2016 in the 'specialist factual' category. The programme explored the compensation which the British government paid to slave owners upon the abolition of slavery. 

Published: May 8, 2016 10:30:00 PM