Hillcroft LRC

Britain and the Slave Trade

Posted on: July 19, 2015

Book 'stairs'This week a new series on BBC 2 started called Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners on Wednesday 15 July @ 2100. This is a two-part series examining the slave trade in Britain introduced by the historian David Olusoga. Episode 1 Profit and Loss examines the sums involved in owning slaves and the compenation amounts paid at abolition.

You can follow up the programme by visiting the progamme’s website which has links to some of the resources used in the programme. For example David looked at data from University College London (UCL)’s Legacies of British Slave-Ownership Database. There’s a chance to discuss issues and findings from the programme with David on Twitter.

There are also resources for teachers and students to use on the abolition of the slave trade on the National Archive’s Slavery web page. Take a look at the resources we have on the slave trade on our catalogue.

Our Access to Higher Education (HE) Humanities and Social Science students study the slave trade as part of their history unit.

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