Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery
The Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery has been established at UCL with the generous support of the Hutchins Center at Harvard. The Centre builds on two earlier projects based at UCL tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain: the ESRC-funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project (2009-2012), and the ESRC and AHRC-funded Structure and significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership 1763-1833 (2013-2015).
Colonial slavery shaped modern Britain and society still lives with its legacies. The slave-owners were one very important means by which the fruits of slavery were transmitted to metropolitan Britain. Members believe that research and analysis of this group are key to understanding the extent and the limits of slavery's role in shaping British history and leaving lasting legacies that reach into the present. The Centre is now moving in the direction of more focused research on the lives of enslaved people in the Caribbean. This is a natural development from its work on slave-owners and estates and an exciting demonstration of its commitment to the study of the multiple legacies of slavery in the British imperial world. With growth comes necessary change. One members are most pleased to make is to the centre’s name, which was changed in May 2021 to the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery. The Centre also has a new logo. This name change incorporates the work members have done and charts a way forward for their new phase of research and activities on slavery and its legacies in Britain and the Caribbean.
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