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Talk: The legacies of British slave-ownership

In 1833 Parliament finally abolished slavery in the British Caribbean, Mauritius and the Cape. The slave trade had been abolished in 1807, but it had taken another 26 years to effect the emancipation of the enslaved. It also granted £20 million in compensation, to be paid by British taxpayers to the former slave-owners.

Legacies of British Slave-ownership is the umbrella for two projects based at University College London tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain. The slave-owners were one very important means by which the fruits of slavery were transmitted to metropolitan Britain. Research and analysis of this group are key to understanding the extent and the limits of slavery's role in shaping British history and leaving lasting legacies that reach into the present.

Esteemed historian, Professor Catherine Hall, Principal Investigator on this fascinating project, will highlight key, and in some cases, extraordinary findings of this research. Professor Hall is Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London. Her team's research informed the recent BBC Two documentary series, Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners.  

The evening will be Chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss.

This Festival of Freedoms event aligns with the Abolition of the slave trade banner from ‘The Beginnings of that Freedome' exhibition in Westminster Hall.


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