Legacies of British Slave Ownership News

Wednesday 24 May. Lunch-time. Britain’s History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery

This event in Oxford will explore the way British people remember slavery through local case histories. Discussions will range from Methodism and working class attitudes to slavery in Portsmouth to the slave-owners of eighteenth century Hackney. (LBS Newsletter May)

To see programme details and to book a place go to:


Thursday 1 June. Teachers’ workshop

New approaches to teaching the history of colonial slavery will be the focus of this all day workshop at the Museum of London in Docklands.

The event is funded by the British Academy and is a partnership between the Antislavery Usable Past project, UCL-Institute of Education, Justice to History and Centre for the Studies of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership (LBS).

The programme is designed to give secondary school teachers and other education professionals access to current academic scholarship and new pedagogical approaches.

It will also contribute towards building a network of educators to offer leadership for the transformation of teaching and learning about transatlantic slavery in schools.

Delegates will have the opportunity to share ideas and to think about the development of guidelines for effective practice and scholarship that can be made available to schools in the coming year.

You can view the programme and book a place here:


Please share with schools and teachers who you think may be interested. (LBS Newsletter May)

Turner Prize

Two black British artists are among the four artists short-listed for the 2017 Turner Prize.

Lubaina Himid champions black identities and questions the way we remember the impact of slavery and migration. A piece from her 2004 work, ‘Naming the money’ was used for the front cover of LBS’s recent book. Himid’s updated ‘Naming the money’ is currently on view at the Walker Art Gallery in Bristol.

Hurvin Anderson draws on his memories of growing up in Birmingham’s African-Caribbean community and visits to Trinidad. The Turner prize judges describe Anderson as ‘an outstanding British painter whose art speaks to our current political movement with questions about identity and belonging’. ((LBS Newsletter May)

Colston Hall

There has been a media focus this month on Bristol City Council’s decision to rename Colston Hall and thus to remove its association with the Bristol slave trader Edward Colston (1636-1721). In Bristol there are also several streets, schools, almshouses and pubs named after Edward Colston, as well as a window in Bristol Cathedral and a local sweet treat, the ‘Colston bun’.

Colston has been traditionally commemorated as a prominent local philanthropist but any recognition of the source of his wealth must undermine this assessment. The debate has involved each side accusing the other of ‘airbrushing history’, trying to ignore the impact of the slave trade by removing the links with slavers on the one hand, or by celebrating those links under the guise of philanthropy on the other hand.

The idea of retaining the name has been called ‘an affront to a multicultural city’ while renaming has been lambasted as ‘politically correct lunacy’. The debate continues with students at the University of Bristol launching a petition to rename the Wills Memorial Building because of it’s  identification with Henry Overton Wills (1828-1911), the first chancellor of the university, whose fortune originally derived from slave-grown tobacco. (LBS Newsletter May)

Modern Slavery & Forced Labour – Publications by Gary Craig

Gary is Emeritus Professor of Social Justice and Honorary Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation in Hull.

His recent publications on modern slavery and forced labour have been:

Child Slavery Now (ed), Policy Press (2010)
The experience of forced labour (with others) JRF (2012).
Forced labour in the UK (with others) JRF (2013).
‘The invisibilisation of “race” in public policy, Critical Social Policy, (2013).
‘They never talk about multiculturalism’, with Hannah Lewis, Policy and Politics, (2014).
‘Multiculturalism or assimilation and social exclusion’, (with Hannah Lewis), in Global perspectives on the politics of multiculturalism, Ed. F. Mansouri, Routledge (2014).
The Modern Slavery Act: world leading or a timid start? E-International Relations, (2015).
Vulnerability, Exploitation and migration (ed. with others) Palgrave (2015)
‘Community development in the UK: whatever happened to class?’, in Class, politics and community development, eds. Mae Shaw et al, Policy Press (2016).
‘When I play with the master’s children, I always have to let them win’, in AM Duane (ed.), Child Slavery, CUP (2016).
Child labour: a historical and global review,  in N Frost (ed.), Child Welfare, Routledge (2017)


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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