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1834 Slavery Compensation: Who got the money ?

Sat  2 March 2pm to 6pm

This event is sponsored by  Birkbeck, University of London,, and

In  1834 when the British  abolished slavery in the Caribbean the  government paid 20 million pounds in compensation to the owners of the enslaved Africans. The Africans got nothing.

Many people have wondered who exactly got that money and what they did with it. Which islands and plantations benefited ? What houses were built ? What institutions were established ? What was the cultural and economic legacy of this massive payout ? Can it be identified and quantified ? A team of scholars from UCL have been researching exactly these questions and more. Over the last 3 years they have collated research on several thousand beneficiaries and  created a searchable, user-friendly  website that covers...

  • Which individuals received monies.
  • How much they received
  • Which houses they lived in
  • What they bought with the money
  • Which cultural/ educational institutions they established or supported with the money
  • What islands/plantations/ individuals in the Caribbean were compensated
  • Exactly how banks and financial institutions used the money to further the needs of empire
  • The role of slave-owners as writers and historians
  • The connections between the compensation,  finance companies and political parties
  • Physical legacies; buildings, statues, parks, docks,railways, bridges, libraries
  • How to use the website to expand your own personal or professional or genealogical research


Professor Catherine Hall, Dr Nick Draper, Keith McClelland, Kate Donnington and Rachel Lang  will share their research,  demonstrate how to use the website and take extended questions on both topics

Saturday 2 March 2pm to 6pm. This event will start at 2pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat

Venue: Birkbeck University WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side), Tube Holborn/Russel Square,Tottenham Court Road click here for map and to book 

Admission free only if booked via online 

If you wish to particpate in the live website demonstration please bring a laptop.

2pm Intro/ welcome 

2.05 About the project/demonstration of how to use site
3.0pm Q and A and audience tries out website 
4pm break

 4.20pm Welcome back. Preview of 'Is there a case for Reparation' ? on 10 March

 4.45 2nd set of speakers, specific individuals of note in London and how they used their compensation

5.15 Further questions and answer
5.45 Finish and networking

The Slaveholders of London project aims to develop the first systematic analysis of the extent and significance of slave-ownership in the formation of modern Britain. Drawing on the census of slave-owners in the British empire created by the Slave Compensation Commission in the 1830s 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 will comprehensively document the people in nineteenth-century Britain who either owned slaves or otherwise benefited financially from slavery, and examine the different legacies of slave-ownership. A database Encyclopedia of British Slave-Owners will be created which will capture each of the several thousand slave-owners resident in Britain in the 1830s. It will be publicly accessible and act as hub for the local and regional efforts to show the linkages of communities in Britain to slavery.

The project will examine their roles and influence within British society in their lifetimes, and trace their major legacies after their deaths.

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Saturday 19 January 2pm to 5.00pm 

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1,

Tube: Waterloo  (5 mins walk)

Entry: 5 pounds, best to book in advance

A thrilling African adventure at sea. This recent London Film Festival favourite   narrates the story of a retired Senegalese fisherman who is persuaded to captain a wooden fishing boat, a pirogue, on a dangerous journey in search of a better life. Treacherous ocean conditions and the presence of secret passenger, as well as encounters with other desperate refugees, add to the tension in this epic drama. Followed by discussion on the themes of immigration, race, human endurance,politics, asylum and the World Bank.

Tickets are 50% booked as at 22 December 2012 so don't delay booking


Friday 22 February 6.30pm to 9.00pm 

The Blue Room, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1,

Tube: Waterloo  (5 mins walk)

Entry: FREE  first come, first served

Comedians often use history as part of their material. In this session we piece together a visual tapestry of 2 hours of the best historical comedy from great known and unknown comics since the 1960's to now. We will also place their comical observations on a timeline of international struggle for African equality. Be prepared to laugh your heads of and learn about world history at the same time.

On the 23rd February look out for the second Queen Nzinga Lecture series: Black Women in Academia. Success Secrets and and Coping Strategies

Pupils and Parents at talk on careers July 2009 Canary Wharf

Black Women in Academia: Success, Secrets and Coping Strategies

Queen Nzinga Lecture Series 2/12

A National Association of Black Saturday Schools  and Black History Walks production

This event is sponsored by  Birkbeck, University of London

Saturday 23 February 6pm to 9pm. This event will start at 6pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat

Venue:      Venue: Birkbeck University WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side), Tube Holborn/Russel Square,Tottenham Court Road click here for map and to book

Admission free ONLY  if booked online as above.  Donations accepted on the day

Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series will feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in  an academic setting. This lecture features three generations of African/Caribbean women who have achieved Phds speaking about their experiences as wll as a Q and A with all three to expand on their revelations..

Speakers include:

Dr Ama Biney has lectured at Middlesex University and Birkbeck College, University of London, as well as in the further education sector in the UK for over 15 years. She obtained her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and is a trustee of the Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem Educational Trust.

Dr Michelle Asantewa is an English and Creative writing lecturer at London Metropolitan University. She has also curated several black history film events at the university and spoke on womens resistance in 18th century literature at the first Queen Nzinga Lecture last year.

Nathalie Montlouis Phd candidate, has just completed her doctorate in cultural studies and is now editing a book on African culture and stereotypes. She gives lectures on Symbolic Violence and Images of Black Women. She is the programme manager for the French/Caribbean dance group Ziloka and is the co-creator of Performing Black Bodies in White Spaces

I would like to express my appreciation to the Events Organisers as this is a fantastic way in reaching out to the community. I attended the first lecture Saturday 24th November 2012 and it was Excellent!!! The venue choosen was clean and fit for the Lecture. I am looking forward to the next one..

Sister Lejet

Venue: Birkbeck University WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side), Tube Holborn/Russel Square,Tottenham Court Road click here for map and to book

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Beautiful Black Couples

La Pirogue, award winning African drama on the high seas @ BFI Southbank 2 to 5pm Saturday 19 January

Adopted ID new film on Haiti by Sonia Gooding  Togobo Sat 26 January 3 to 6pm

The Black History of Comedy  @ Blue Room, BFI Southbank Friday 22 Feburary 6.30 to 9pm

Queen Nzinga Lecture Series 2/12: Black Women in Academia: Success, Secrets and Coping Strategies Sat 23 Feb 6pm to 9pm

The X Men's Black History. The Andrew Muhammad Breakdown Sunday 24 February

Slaveholders of London: Who got Rich and What they did with the money. Saturday 2nd March 2 to 6pm

Queen Nziniga Lecture Series 3/12: Black Women Writers of Stage and Screen Sunday 3 March 3 to 6pm

Queen Nzinga Lecture Series 4/12: The Case for Compensation and Reparation Sunday 10 March 3 to 6pm

The X Men's Black History Part 2. The Andrew Muhammad Breakdown Sunday 10 March 3 to 6pm

Dates, times and more events to be announced on 21st December

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