World history: London and the slave trade
Commerce, banking; art, slave owners; absentee landlords; ex-slaves: uncover the role of the City of London in the development of the slave trade.
This course focuses on the role played by the City of London in the economic development of the Transatlantic slave trade and how it was affected by the Abolition Movement.
Learners will look at the impact of legislation on the slave trade and at the individuals and institutions that financed and benefited from it, including merchants, bankers, the clergy and the development of West India Docks. Learners will also find out about the Abolition Movement. They will examine the black presence in London and how it influenced the art and literature of the time.
The course will be taught through discussion, group work, analysis of primary sources, including objects and plantation records, and gallery visits. Sessions one and four will be at the Museum of London in the city. The remaining sessions will be at Museum of London Docklands, where there is a permanent gallery ‘London, Sugar & Slavery’ and the ‘Understanding of Slavery Initiative’ handling collection. The tutor is Heather Pascall.
This course is held on Tuesdays from 2pm-4pm. The first session is on 16 April 2013 and the last is on 14 May 2013.
Location: Museum of London Docklands, in partnership with Workers' Educational Association. For information on how to find the Museum go to getting here.
Advanced booking required. Fee £37.50 (concs £0).
Concessionary rate is FREE on proof of income related benefit.
How to book
Enrolment is via the WEA from July 2011.
- online – www.wea.org.uk
- freephone – 0800 328 1060
- by post using the form in the WEA brochure
- in person at the WEA office at 96-100 Clifton St, London, EC2A 4TP in normal office hours.
Please note, bookings are non-refundable.
Minimum age: 18
Duration: 2 hours
Course code: C2416448.