Yesterday saw reports of previously unseen historical records that audit British involvement in transatlantic slavery detailing specific amounts paid in compensation to wealthy slave owners, at the time of the abolition of slavery. The records will be released online tomorrow—Wednesday, February 27, 2013—by University College London (UCL). This data stems from an extensive three-year research program led by Dr. Nick Draper [see previous post Britain’s Colonial Shame: Slave-owners Given Huge Payouts after Abolition].
Also on Wednesday, Professor Catherine Hall will give a public lecture entitled “Towards a new past: the legacies of British slave-ownership” to mark the publication of the Encyclopaedia of British Slave-ownership and the inauguration of the new project, The Structure and Significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership, 1763-1833.
The event will be followed by a demonstration of the Encyclopaedia by Dr. Nick Draper and Keith McClelland. These activities will take place at 6:00pm in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre at UCL. A reception will take place afterwards in the South Cloisters. The UCL is located at Gower Street, London.
For more information, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/ and http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0906/09060201
Also see information source and related article, http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/prime-minister-where-are-my-40-acres-and-mule