Last spring, we had the pleasure of two guest posts from Kate Donington, a researcher on the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership Project at University College London. You can read her discussions of the project here, and of her research here.
This is just a quick update to say that the project database went live this week, and it’s already making waves. For just some of the media responses, see the following:
- ‘Britain’s colonial shame,’ from the Independent.
- ‘Britain’s massive debt to slavery,’ from the Guardian (written by Principal Investigator, Professor Catherine Hall).
- ‘George Orwell family among 3,000 slave-owners who received compensation,’ from the BBC.
- ‘Site traces huge payouts slave owners received after abolition,’ from Wired.
- ‘Slavery payouts fuel reparations debate,’ from the Voice.
Congratulations to the research team for this very important and exciting work!
Readers who are interested in this research might also want to know about a conference that Kate is organising, along with Jessica Moody (York) and Ryan Hanley (WISE, Hull). Called Little Britain’s Memory of Slavery, the conference will bring together researchers thinking about ‘the smaller-scale specifics of Britain’s memory of slavery in more “local” projects, looking at case studies of places, the lives and memory of individuals, networks and organisations across a broad span of time, from the 18th century to the present day.’ Keynote speakers will be:
- Professor Catherine Hall, University College London
- Dr. Madge Dresser, University of the West of England
- Plus an Artists in Conversation Event, chaired by Professor Alan Rice, University of Central Lancashire
- Welcome Address by Professor John Oldfield, Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull.
Little Britain’s Memory of Slavery will be held on 13-14 September 2013 at UCL. See the conference website for more details, including the call for papers. Abstracts are due by 31 May.