History Course

The History of British Slave Ownership has long been buried: now it’s at last revealed through an American TV genealogy celebrity show with a movie star appearing on the show together with some exceptionally dedicated historical research from a young British Nigerian professor of history now himself a UK TV celebrity through his sound indeed quite excellent historical research on British slave ownership.

This is a one day history workshop to be held on Thursday 29th April 2021 commencing at 11.00 and concluding at 14.00 with a one hour lunch break between 12.00 and 13.00. Lunch and soft drinks are provided for all students within the course fee. This one day workshop will be held in the Community Centre’s Malt Cinema.

The theme of the workshop is in looking into our past through the lens of a recent BBC 2 TV documentary and involves a young British Nigerian academic historian, Dr David Olusago who in 2016 whilst at Exeter University and then later when considerably less famous, searched the documents that compelled Hollywood actor, producer and screen-writer Ben Affleck to issue a public apology forcing the highly regarded US public service (PBS) TV broadcast network to launch its own internal investigation which finally resulted in a historical feature that appeared in Britain’s Guardian newspaper during July 2015 so releasing a trove of original documents about some 46,000 British Caribbean sugar plantation slave owners, including relatives of George Orwell and William Ewart Gladstone. Prof. Olusago released his research during the production of a US TV show named Finding Your Roots, a celebrity genealogy show in with Affleck appearing as a distant grandfather, a wealthy plantation slave owner.

Olusoga has recently completed his second BBC2 TV social history series with the origins of both TV history series routed in his first history TV series that ran in July 2015 and was based upon his outstanding research findings following his investigations into the activities and findings of the then virtually unknown UK’s Slavery Compensation Commission of 1834 which had its origins in the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 that in turn followed the Great Reform Act of 1832.

David Olusoga was the first history academic to research the UK Home Office T71 files now in the National Archives at Kew which have lain dormant for over 180 years. Consequently, David Olusago revealed the size and impact of the financial compensations to slave owners made during the 1840s’ such that this national payment accounted for over 40% of the UK government’s expenditure in 1834, or when compared to the average years government expenditure at current 1834 rates was the same as for today’s UK National Health Service, all the UK’s Education Services and the total UK’s Defence Industry. His article was published in The Guardian and the Observer in July 2015 and also The Economist and The Financial Times, all leading to its later successful BBC2 TV series entitled Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (with access to the “Legacies of British Slave Ownership database”).

Our one day history workshop provides the course background findings and conclusions and of fascination, their modern day impact when placing the 1834 financial compensation packages into their modern day 2020 currency and the value context.

The 46,000 British slave owners in 1834 received a total of £20 million which equates to £16 billion in today’s money, capital gains tax exempt. Ex. Prime Minister David Cameron’s family was one of the largest recipients of such funds amongst many famous family names of today.

If you would like to book a place on the LCA History One day Study Course, Thursday 29th April 2021, please call us on 01590 672337. Please note that spaces are limited. All social distancing measures will be in place for this course.