slave trade

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    Writer of the month: Researching untold histories

    Dr Kathleen Chater discusses her book Researching Untold Histories: Black people in England and Wales during the period of the British slave trade, c1660-1807. Kathleen worked for the BBC until 1994. One of her interests was family history so when […]

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    The last slave market: Dr John Kirk and the struggle to end the African slave trade

    In the mid-19th century, the Zanzibar slave market was notorious as the last place on earth where human beings could still be bought and sold. Each year thousands of Africans were taken from the mainland and shipped to Arabia and […]

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    Untold histories: black Britons during the period of the British slave trade, c1660-1807

    What was life like for the ‘average’ black person in England before the 20th century? Most were quietly getting on with their lives, seeking employment, getting married and raising families. It takes a lot of work to uncover their life […]

  • Video contentSession for Schools: Help Equiano End Slavery

    Session for Schools: Help Equiano End Slavery

    18th century writer and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano (George Eggay) invites students and teachers to take part in one of The National Archives sessions for schools. Delivered as a taught session here at Kew or by videoconference, students will work with […]

  • Video contentSessions for Schools: The case for the Trade

    Sessions for Schools: The case for the Trade

    An 18th century slave trader (played by actor Andrew Ashmore) puts the case against the growing abolition movement to end the transatlantic slave trade. It is part of the preparation for students participating in “This Evil Trade: Olaudah Equiano and […]

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