Legacies of British Slave Ownership Up-date


William Ansah Sessarakoo Exhibition

William Ansah Sessarakoo was the son of the head of a leading African family at Annamaboe in present day Ghana. He was sent to be educated in London in 1744 but was tricked and sold by an independent trader into slavery in Barbados. A new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands reveals the role of the Royal African Company (which was responsible for transporting about 150,000 enslaved people across the Atlantic) in securing his release.




The exhibition runs until 4 June.

Transatlantic Slavery’s Local Connections In Britain

Former LBS team member Kate Donington is co-editor with Ryan Hanley and Jessica Moody of the book Britain’s History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery. Unfortunately it is only available as an ebook. The list of contents is not on the publisher’s website, but the following describes the type of content/ This ‘collection brings together localised case studies of Britain’s history and memory of its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, and slavery. These essays, ranging in focus from eighteenth-century Liverpool to twenty-first-century rural Cambridgeshire, from racist ideologues to Methodist preachers, examine how transatlantic slavery impacted on, and continues to impact, people and places across Britain.’


Also available is as an ebook and handback is Africa in Europe. Studies in Transnational Practice in the Long Twentieth Century, edited by Eve Rosenhaft and Robbie Aitken. The full list of contents can be seen at:


LBS Website Changes

This month the LBS project team has add a search option ‘Will Details’ on to précises of  445 wills through  ‘Will Details’ (below the current ‘Occupation’ search box). There is now an ‘Sources’ section, and if you submitted information you can check your name is there. Since 1,000 biographical entries containing information have been sent to us by email and the team appreciates the contributions people have made, please let them know if you are not included.


LBS Team At North American Conference on British Studies

On Saturday 12 November Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland and Nick Draper of LBS gave the plenary lecture at the North American Conference on British Studies in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

Edited from the December 2016 newsletter of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership.



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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