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Historian's fresh perspective on British attitudes to slavery

Posted on 27 October 2010

A leading authority on British colonial history is to give a Royal Historical Society lecture at the University of York this week.

Catherine Hall, Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London, will examine the legacy of the slave trade in 19th century Britain in a lecture called 'Troubling Memories: Nineteenth-Century Histories of the Slave Trade and Slavery'.

It is the centrepiece of a one-day visit by representatives of the Council of the Royal Historical Society to the Department of History at York. The Society delegation will meet with staff and students and tour the Department’s facilities.

Professor Hall will explore how the slave trade and slavery were remembered and forgotten in mid 19th century Britain. From the moment of the abolition of the slave trade the focused on that and erased the nation's complicity in the trade and slavery from the collective memory. Through figures such as the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay, Professor Hall will consider the shifting thinking about slavery and memory.

The free lecture which is open to the public takes place 4pm on 29 October in the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, on the University's Heslington Campus.

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