Slavery and Resistance in Jamaican History | The British Library

March 21, 2020 - 11:00am to 6:00pm [AST -04:00]
Event Location:
Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

A day of practical talks and workshops from leading historians of 18th-century Jamaica, drawing on the uniquely important collections of the British Library

18th-century Jamaica has been the subject of intense historical interest in recent years, as important or overlooked documents have been rediscovered, and new ways of approaching histories of slavery, resistance and freedom have been developed. Researchers have also been uncovering in rich detail the character of the Jamaican presence in Georgian Britain, which was far larger, more complex and more influential than previously thought.

This day of talks and workshops from leading writers on the period, including Catherine Hall and Miles Ogborn, will offer practical insights on how to get started in Jamaican history, and how to the most out of the British Library's collection.

Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.



Sources for the study of Jamaican history, at the British Library and beyond: Chantelle Richardson (Chevening Fellow, British Library) and Philip Abraham (The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library)

Slave owners and the plantation system in eighteenth-century Jamaica: Catherine Hall (University College London) and the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership project


14.30 -15.45
Resisting slavery: Maroon histories: Miles Ogborn (Queen Mary University of London) and Nadine Chambers (Birkbeck, University of London)

15.45 -16.15
Tea and coffee break

Jamaicans in Britain in the Age of Slavery and Abolition: S.I. Martin (Independent scholar)

17.30 -18.00
Q&A session

Lunch is not included in the ticket price but there are plenty of venues for refreshments at the British Library and in the local area, and there will be free tea and coffee in the afternoon.

There will be opportunities during each of the breaks to obtain a Reader’s Pass to the British Library, and to explore your own research questions individually with our librarians and historians.

This is the first in a series of annual public study days organised by the Eccles Centre for American Studies, exploring themes in Caribbean history and culture through the collections of the British Library.

For more information or to book your spot, click here.