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13:30 - 16:45 25 May 2016

Britain's forgotten slave owners (walking tour)


(Meeting outside) | Engineering Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

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

Join members of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project team for a walking tour of Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury is remembered (rightly) for its associations with progressive causes, with science, with liberalism, with literature and with culture. But before Emancipation in 1838, Bloomsbury was also the centre of British absentee slave-ownership: in the streets around UCL lived many men and women whose lives in London were supported by their ownership of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean. The signs of this today are much less prominent than the celebration of Bloomsbury’s rich liberal heritage. This short tour will highlight some of the addresses that we know were associated with slave-owners, and show how this heritage of slave-ownership has been eclipsed by a more comfortable and comforting history that has been overlaid on to that of slavery.


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