Reconfiguring race after slavery: the stories the slave-owners told

Posted on Friday 3rd May 2013

Catherine Hall gave this year's Birmingham Centre for Modern and Contemporary History Annual Lecture on Tuesday 30 April 2013.

Her major research project ‘Legacies of British Slave-Ownership’ set out to examine the impact of slavery in the formation of modern Britain. It documented the nineteenth-century Britons who either owned slaves or benefited financially from slavery and explored the different legacies of slave-ownership, using a census of slave-owners created in the 1830s by the Slave Compensation Commission to manage the distribution of the then-enormous sum of £20m paid as compensation to slave-owners on the abolition of colonial slavery.

The project created a publicly-accessible online Encyclopedia of British Slave-Owners, which will act as a hub for regional efforts to show how communities in Britain were linked to slavery.