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17:30 - 19:00 15 November 2017

Slavery, Heritage and the British Country House


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Helen Bates, PhD candidate, University of Leicester, Helen Bates has been involved in local and national heritage projects for a number of years. She has worked on projects which have received high acclaim including Lincoln Castle Revealed where she worked as content researcher and Slave Trade Legacies, which she co-produced with Bright Ideas Nottingham. Both projects achieved finalist status in the National Lottery ‘Best Heritage Project’ Awards in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Helen is currently in the final stages of writing up her PhD which is a Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) delivered in partnership with Boughton House in Northamptonshire and the University of Leicester.
Hannah Young, Project Co-lead, V&A Museum, Hannah Young has recently completed her PhD at UCL. Undertaken in conjunction with the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership project, Hannah’s thesis explored the relationship between gender, property and power in the context of British slave-ownership in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, placing a particular focus on female absentees. Her chapter ‘Forgotten women: gender and absentee slave-ownership’ was published in Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery: Local Nuances of a "National Sin" (Liverpool University Press, 2016), edited by Katie Donington, Ryan Hanley and Jessica Moody. She is currently the Co-Investigator and Project Co-Lead of the ‘Opening the Cabinet of Curiosities’ project at the Victoria and

This seminar is comprised of two separate presentations as follows: Slave-ownership and the country house: the Grenvilles, Avington and Stowe Hannah Young (V&A Museum) - The Hope estate, situated in parish of St Andrew, was one of the largest sugar plantations in Jamaica. Over 2000 acres in size, in 1829 there were 362 men, women and children enslaved upon the estate. For over a century this plantation was in the possession of the Brydges and Grenvilles, two of Britain’s most eminent aristocratic families. United by marriage in 1796, these slave-owners lived in Britain throughout their entire lives, never visiting Jamaica or the people they owned. At the heart of their substantial metropolitan estates were two grand country houses, material manifestations of their status and authority. Avington House in Hampshire, according to William Cobbett ‘one of the prettiest places in the country’, had been in the family since the Elizabethan period. Stowe House was even more impressive.


Oscar Martinez
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