What does London owe to slavery?


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Dr Nick Draper is a Research Associate on the project entitled Legacies of British Slave-ownership.

Prior to joining UCL as a doctoral candidate and then a Teaching Fellow, he worked in the City for 25 years.  His foundational analysis of the Slave Compensation records was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009 as The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery. The book was awarded the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize 2009. The prize is for a first solely written book on a subject within a field of British history published in the UK.

In 2008-9, Dr Draper acted as historical consultant to the Slavers of Harley Street exhibit at the Museum in Docklands in 2008-9.

About this lecture

For Liverpool and Bristol much work has been done in tracing the role of the slave-trade and slavery in shaping the cities' histories, but the scale and complexity of London's growth in the 18th and 19th centuries has obscured the contribution of slavery to the formation of the modern capital.   This lecture explores the evidence for the centrality of slavery in understanding how London became what we know it as today.
This lecture marks Black History Month.

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